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January 19, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl resigned Tuesday as honorary chairman of the Christian Democratic Union after the conservatives he led for a quarter of a century condemned him for a financing scandal that has forever tainted the legendary statesman's legacy and plunged the party into crisis.
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December 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
Angela Spaccia, the $564,000-a-year deputy to the disgraced former city manager of Bell, was found guilty Monday of 11 felony counts related to her role in the corruption scandal, becoming the seventh official convicted of enriching themselves at the expensive of the working-class residents. Spaccia, the last figure in the Bell scandal to be convicted or enter a plea, was taken away in handcuffs after a jury rendered the verdicts in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Though she wept several times during her testimony, Spaccia showed no emotion when the verdicts were read, pronouncing her guilty of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and secretion of public documents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2011 | By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors are seeking additional criminal charges against the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's chief. Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard, 54, faces two felony counts of misappropriation of funds related to his previous job as superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office plans to take recently acquired evidence to a grand jury in hopes of securing additional charges and possibly joining them with the first two felony charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Corina Knoll and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
His story once made for a shameful headline: a small-town preacher accused of stealing from a working-class community that had trusted him for years. Arrested on a September morning in 2010, Luis Artiga was dismissed by many as a criminal who hid behind his faith, one in a pack of city leaders who paid themselves handsomely while residents struggled to pay bills. Initially, Artiga said he believed his near-six-figure salary was "a miracle from God. " Later, the day before he was arrested, he was apologetic and called the money "a trap from the devil.
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July 23, 1992 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California State Bar has taken temporary custody of the case files of a Glendale attorney who went into hiding eight months ago and has come under investigation for allegedly misappropriating client funds. A Glendale Superior Court judge is scheduled today to consider the bar's request to permanently take charge of the files of Patricia Rutherford, 42, an immigration and personal injury lawyer who has not been in her law office since December.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2003 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Moorpark school board member Chris Evans pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge of grand theft, stemming from allegations that he misappropriated money from his former employer and customers. Evans, 45, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Aug. 21 in Van Nuys Superior Court. He remains free on $20,000 bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1997 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER and LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The former head of an Orange recycling company, now under investigation for involvement in the suspected misappropriation of up to $6 million in city funds, has hired Los Angeles criminal attorney Robert Shapiro, a member of O.J. Simpson's "Dream Team" defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
Angela Spaccia, the $564,000-a-year deputy to the disgraced former city manager of Bell, was found guilty Monday of 11 felony counts related to her role in the corruption scandal, becoming the seventh official convicted of enriching themselves at the expensive of the working-class residents. Spaccia, the last figure in the Bell scandal to be convicted or enter a plea, was taken away in handcuffs after a jury rendered the verdicts in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Though she wept several times during her testimony, Spaccia showed no emotion when the verdicts were read, pronouncing her guilty of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and secretion of public documents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
For years, prosecutors say, Lynwood council members lived large on the working-class city's dime. They allegedly billed the city for trips to far-flung places, including Beijing, Bermuda, Rio de Janeiro and Puerto Vallarta. One councilman charged his city credit card to watch Playboy channel movies at a Washington hotel. Another got a $100 daily allowance from the city to play in golf tournaments and attend a Tony Bennett concert and also used his city credit card for a $193 dinner at the House of Blues, prosecutors say. Among the most salacious bills: a $1,500 night out at a Guadalajara strip club, where dancers allegedly performed sexual favors for a council member and city manager - all charged to the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2012 | By Britney Barnes, Los Angeles Times
Whether he is acquitted or convicted of criminal charges, former Beverly Hills Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard is unlikely to lose his retirement plan, according to state pension officials. A conviction for Hubbard on any of the three felonies he faces for alleged misappropriation of public funds could result in prison time or probation and lead to the loss of his credentials, but nothing in current law would affect his pension with the California State Teachers' Retirement System, according to a CalSTRS spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
For years, prosecutors say, Lynwood council members lived large on the working-class city's dime. They allegedly billed the city for trips to far-flung places, including Beijing, Bermuda, Rio de Janeiro and Puerto Vallarta. One councilman charged his city credit card to watch Playboy channel movies at a Washington hotel. Another got a $100 daily allowance from the city to play in golf tournaments and attend a Tony Bennett concert and also used his city credit card for a $193 dinner at the House of Blues, prosecutors say. Among the most salacious bills: a $1,500 night out at a Guadalajara strip club, where dancers allegedly performed sexual favors for a council member and city manager - all charged to the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2012 | By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
Former Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard took to Twitter last week in a quest to clear his reputation. After being convicted of two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds related to his post as Beverly Hills schools chief, Hubbard confirmed that he was using social media to expose what he termed a wrongful prosecution and conviction and to call attention to others suffering similar circumstances. "In coming weeks I will be exposing the lies and hypocrisy of the BHUSD, a greedy ex-superintendent, outright lies by the LA DA — bye for now," he tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2012 | By Britney Barnes, Los Angeles Times
Whether he is acquitted or convicted of criminal charges, former Beverly Hills Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard is unlikely to lose his retirement plan, according to state pension officials. A conviction for Hubbard on any of the three felonies he faces for alleged misappropriation of public funds could result in prison time or probation and lead to the loss of his credentials, but nothing in current law would affect his pension with the California State Teachers' Retirement System, according to a CalSTRS spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2011 | By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors are seeking additional criminal charges against the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's chief. Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard, 54, faces two felony counts of misappropriation of funds related to his previous job as superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office plans to take recently acquired evidence to a grand jury in hopes of securing additional charges and possibly joining them with the first two felony charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2011 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County prosecutor on Wednesday accused Bell's former city administrator, Robert Rizzo, of stealing more than $5 million from the city treasury and lending city money to buy the loyalty of employees so they wouldn't object to his bloated paychecks. "Money is power, and Mr. Rizzo used the city's money to gain power for himself," Deputy Dist. Atty. Sean Hassett said during closing arguments in a preliminary hearing to determine if Rizzo and others will stand trial for misappropriation of public funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Bell does not have to pick up Mayor Oscar Hernandez's legal expenses in defending himself against accusations that he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city treasury, a Superior Court judge ruled Monday. Hernandez, who also is facing criminal corruption charges along with seven other current or former leaders in the small city, was seeking to have the city pick up his legal fees in a sweeping lawsuit filed by then-Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown. The state's lawsuit seeks to recover tax dollars that Brown claims were improperly taken from the city by Hernandez and others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2012 | By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
Former Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard took to Twitter last week in a quest to clear his reputation. After being convicted of two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds related to his post as Beverly Hills schools chief, Hubbard confirmed that he was using social media to expose what he termed a wrongful prosecution and conviction and to call attention to others suffering similar circumstances. "In coming weeks I will be exposing the lies and hypocrisy of the BHUSD, a greedy ex-superintendent, outright lies by the LA DA — bye for now," he tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Corina Knoll and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
His story once made for a shameful headline: a small-town preacher accused of stealing from a working-class community that had trusted him for years. Arrested on a September morning in 2010, Luis Artiga was dismissed by many as a criminal who hid behind his faith, one in a pack of city leaders who paid themselves handsomely while residents struggled to pay bills. Initially, Artiga said he believed his near-six-figure salary was "a miracle from God. " Later, the day before he was arrested, he was apologetic and called the money "a trap from the devil.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Three present and former Bell City Council members charged with public corruption are asking a judge to order the city to pay some of their legal bills. Attorneys for Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo and former Councilman George Cole argue in court filings that the city should cover their legal expenses in a lawsuit filed last year by the California Attorney General's Office. Jacobo and Cole also want the city to pay their legal bills in a criminal case brought by the Los Angeles County district attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2003 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Moorpark school board member Chris Evans pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge of grand theft, stemming from allegations that he misappropriated money from his former employer and customers. Evans, 45, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Aug. 21 in Van Nuys Superior Court. He remains free on $20,000 bail.
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