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May 21, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Unified School District embezzlement case widened Wednesday as the owners of two camera stores were arrested and charged with conspiracy and felony grand theft involving $300,000 worth of photo and other electronic equipment. Simon Ong, 41, owner of Simon's Camera Discount Store, 4513 Beverly Blvd., and Steven Kaner, 44, owner of Pan Pacific Camera Center, 825 La Brea Ave.
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May 21, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Unified School District embezzlement case widened Wednesday as the owners of two camera stores were arrested and charged with conspiracy and felony grand theft involving $300,000 worth of photo and other electronic equipment. Simon Ong, 41, owner of Simon's Camera Discount Store, 4513 Beverly Blvd., and Steven Kaner, 44, owner of Pan Pacific Camera Center, 825 La Brea Ave.
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September 15, 1987
George Inouye, a Gardena building contractor, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation after pleading no contest to receiving property stolen from the Los Angeles Unified School District. But the jail sentence for Inouye, 57, who was also ordered to pay $5,900 in restitution, was stayed until March 14 and will be suspended at that time if he receives a favorable progress report, Deputy Dist. Atty. Herbert Lapin said.
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June 24, 1987
A former city school official who was fired for his alleged role in a supplies theft ring was charged today with new counts accusing him of remodeling his house at the school district's expense. James L. Riley, 55, the former director of the operations branch of the Los Angeles Unified School District, was charged by the District Attorney's Office with conspiracy to commit grand theft, conspiracy to commit embezzlement, grand theft and embezzlement. Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1987
KEY PLAYERS: Ronald Richardson, operator of chemical companies who began cooperating with investigators in April, 1986. Melvin N. Tokunaga, L.A. school district's deputy director of custodial services who was booked in December on suspicion of embezzlement of public funds. He has been placed on leave. James L. Riley, the district's director of custodial operations, who has been placed on leave.
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December 24, 1986 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles school district's chief business and financial officer said Tuesday that, because of recent alleged thefts by supervisors and others on the district's custodial staff, he will recommend tougher internal audits and requirements for sign-offs on deliveries. Robert Booker, who also supervises the huge district's auditing operations, said, however, that he is convinced that the reported thefts are an isolated phenomenon, and he called "irresponsible" suggestions by Dist. Atty.
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March 17, 1987 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
The brother-in-law of the alleged leader of a supply theft ring in the Los Angeles Unified School District pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor charge of altering a school document and agreed to cooperate with authorities in testifying against others charged in the case. Robert Graham Stokey III, 42, of Lancaster, whose sister, Wendy, is married to Melvin N.
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December 16, 1986 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Unified School District has, in the last few days, instituted new auditing procedures in the wake of charges by the district attorney that school employees schemed to embezzle at least $500,000 by stealing and reselling supplies, school board members said Monday. But board President Rita Walters and member Tom Bartman said that the changes will not be revealed until Dist. Atty.
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December 23, 1987 | ELAINE WOO, Times Education Writer
A state audit of the Los Angeles Unified School District released Tuesday said sloppy record-keeping and procurement practices exposed the district to $3 million in potential fraud or theft over the last two years, but found no evidence that the weaknesses resulted in losses. The state auditor general's report, requested by Assemblywoman Marian W.
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June 25, 1987 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner, announcing new charges in the case involving alleged supply thefts within the Los Angeles Unified School District, said Wednesday that stealing "permeates" the district and accused top school officials of creating a climate in which such thefts can occur. "It's a practice that involves so many employees it's fair to say it permeates the district," Reiner said at a news conference called to discuss charges against nine people involving amounts of $10,000 or less.
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December 13, 1986 | TERRY PRISTIN and ELAINE WOO, Times Staff Writers
A "sting" operation has led to the arrest of a high-ranking Los Angeles Unified School District official in connection with an alleged scheme to embezzle at least $500,000 by stealing and reselling supplies, Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner said Friday. The district's deputy director of operations, Melvin N. Tokunaga, 42, was taken into custody Dec. 5 after he accepted $3,000 in cash wrapped in newspapers from an informant who had arranged to meet him in a restaurant parking lot, Reiner said.
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