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Former principal gets a year in jail

March 06, 2009|Jason Song

A former magnet school principal was sentenced to one year in county jail Thursday for using more than $150,000 in school district money for personal use, authorities said.

Philip Toyotome, 48, who had been principal of the 32nd Street / USC Visual and Performing Arts Magnet, has already repaid the L.A. Unified School District nearly $178,500, slightly more than he took, according to the L.A. County district attorney's office.

An Arcadia resident, Toyotome used a school district credit card to buy barbecue equipment, outdoor lounge chairs and other items, prosecutors said.

He resigned from the district shortly before pleading guilty late last year to misappropriation of funds by a public officer.

-- Jason Song

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