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May 20, 1993 | MARK PLATTE and GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The suspended general manager of the Santa Margarita Water District, who is under criminal investigation for possible conflict-of-interest law violations, announced his sudden retirement Wednesday, less than two months after public disclosure of his lavish expense accounts and gift-taking from district contractors. In a letter to the district's board, General Manager Walter W.
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October 4, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school were sentenced Friday for the misappropriation of more than $200,000 in public funds in a case that could affect charter schools statewide. Yevgeny "Eugene" Selivanov, the co-founder of Ivy Academia Charter School, faces four years and eight months in prison. His wife, Tatyana Berkovich, who had a lesser role in managing school finances, must serve 45 days in County Jail. She also will be sentenced to five years probation and 320 hours of community service.
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SPORTS
October 24, 1990 | ROBYN NORWOOD and DANNY ROBBINS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Tom Ford sent his resume to such schools as Minnesota, Missouri and Utah, and it arrived with all the others from people wanting to be the next athletic director. Ford's credentials: For two years, he had been athletic director at a Division I institution, a school with a big-time basketball program that had made it to the Final Four shortly before he took over. But Ford had a red-flagged resume. He didn't even get an interview--until UC Irvine came along.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California lawmakers are growing more frustrated over revelations that state agencies are hiding funds by not depositing them in the state treasury, but one legislative panel has stopped short of imposing a financial penalty against one of the departments involved. A Senate budget subcommittee balked Thursday at a staff recommendation that it reduce funding for the Department of Fish and Wildlife by $1 million until the agency management comes up with specific proposals to halt what lawmakers call the misappropriation of funds.
NEWS
May 20, 1993 | MARK PLATTE and GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The suspended general manager of the scandal-plagued Santa Margarita Water District announced his sudden retirement Wednesday, less than two months after disclosures of excessive spending surfaced. In a letter addressed to the district's chairman, Walter W. (Bill) Knitz said that he would continue to "vigorously refute the accusations against me by the press," but that it would be impossible for him to continue to provide "the leadership the district must have to serve the public."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Wildlife Waystation opened in 1977 on a mountainside in the Angeles National Forest, money was so tight that volunteers drew from their own pockets to help feed the neglected and abandoned animals housed in the refuge. Today, the Waystation has a worldwide reputation, generous donors from the entertainment and business worlds, enough money to fund long-needed improvements and an ample salary for the group's director.
NEWS
February 5, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid an intensifying struggle for control of the $2.4-billion Los Angeles school repair and construction project, interim Supt. Ramon C. Cortines on Friday fired six members of the management team hired to oversee the work, including the program manager.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
An organization that has been accused by the state attorney general's office of illegal handling of bingo proceeds has agreed to stop conducting bingo games in the city after July. The City Council this week approved the agreement with Amateur Sports Training Facilities, which raises money for athletes and athletic groups.
SPORTS
May 28, 1994 | MACK REED and JEFF FLETCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Detectives said Friday they will ask the Ventura County District Attorney to consider filing criminal charges against Simi Valley High baseball Coach Mike Scyphers, who is under investigation for allegedly mishandling his team's money and discipline. The announcement wrapped up a weeks-long probe by Simi Valley Police into allegations against Scyphers that school officials and police still refuse to reveal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California lawmakers are growing more frustrated over revelations that state agencies are hiding funds by not depositing them in the state treasury, but one legislative panel has stopped short of imposing a financial penalty against one of the departments involved. A Senate budget subcommittee balked Thursday at a staff recommendation that it reduce funding for the Department of Fish and Wildlife by $1 million until the agency management comes up with specific proposals to halt what lawmakers call the misappropriation of funds.
WORLD
October 31, 2012 | By Sarah Delaney, Los Angeles Times
ROME - The Italian Parliament on Wednesday approved anti-corruption legislation aimed at addressing a series of scandals involving graft, extravagant misuse of public funds and rampant cronyism that have outraged the economically distressed nation. The new regulations call for stiffer prison sentences for public officials found guilty of bribe-taking, abuse of office or influence peddling. They also add the crime of corruption between private parties, as well as protective measures for whistle-blowers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Two former Lynwood City Council members who were convicted of misappropriating public funds by illegally boosting their salaries were sentenced Friday to state prison. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Eleanor Hunter sentenced Louis Byrd, 80, to five years and Fernando Pedroza, 47, to four years. Byrd had faced a maximum sentence of six years, and Pedroza faced five. The former council members were convicted in July after a monthlong trial during which prosecutors argued that they broke the law by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in stipends for sitting on city commissions that appeared to do little, if any, work.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
Government authorities are investigating whether MF Global Holdings Ltd., the trading firm that has filed for bankruptcy and is run by former U.S. Sen. and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, misused customer funds. Regulators said that the firm had not properly kept customer funds separated from the firm's own funds, raising concerns that the company may have placed big bets for its own benefit with customer money. The FBI is expected to investigate whether the firm's actions violated criminal laws, two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.
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October 5, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday gave the state auditor broad new powers to investigate the misuse of taxpayer funds by cities and counties, signing legislation created in the wake of the financial scandal in the city of Bell. The governor also approved a bill allowing nonprofits to take over the operation of state parks that otherwise would be closed because of budget woes and a clutch of proposals intended to protect children. He vetoed a measure that would have allowed child-care workers to unionize.
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November 12, 2010 | By Abby Sewell and Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Federal officials have launched an audit of the use of government funds by two programs administered by the Compton's Community Redevelopment Agency that have come under scrutiny before. The audit is focused on federal funds to assist low-income residents through two programs administered by the city's redevelopment agency, said Tanya E. Schulze, regional inspector general for audit with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She did not disclose details on the scope or nature of the audit.
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August 18, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors say they will need months to analyze materials seized in a raid on Oxnard City Hall as they seek evidence related to possible misuse of public funds. In a written statement, Ventura County Dist. Atty. Greg Totten said the investigation does not focus on "inflated salary and pension-spiking concerns" like those in the city of Bell. He declined to give details of the probe, however, saying only that it "involved potential misappropriation of public monies, the handling of contracts involving public works and other city projects, and potential conflicts of interest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school were sentenced Friday for the misappropriation of more than $200,000 in public funds in a case that could affect charter schools statewide. Yevgeny "Eugene" Selivanov, the co-founder of Ivy Academia Charter School, faces four years and eight months in prison. His wife, Tatyana Berkovich, who had a lesser role in managing school finances, must serve 45 days in County Jail. She also will be sentenced to five years probation and 320 hours of community service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1995
Lee M. Anderson, wife of the late Glenn M. Anderson, who was a Democratic congressman from San Pedro, has pleaded guilty to a federal charge involving improper use of government travel funds, the Justice Department announced Friday. The guilty plea in Washington on Thursday is the result of a two-year investigation into the diversion of U.S. House administrative funds to the 1992 congressional campaign of Anderson's stepson, former Long Beach Councilman Evan Anderson Braude.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Discontented Compton residents announced Thursday that they have launched a recall campaign against their mayor and several other elected officials, citing allegations of misappropriation of public funds, nepotism and voter deception. Activists said Mayor Eric J. Perrodin, Councilwoman Lillie Dobson, City Atty. Craig J. Cornwell and City Clerk Alita Godwin have been served notices of intent to circulate a recall petition. "We have been watching and telling people what's going on," said Joyce Kelly, a recall organizer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2010 | By Jessica Garrison
The FBI is investigating an affordable-housing deal in which Los Angeles officials channeled $26 million to a development company officer who they knew was under criminal investigation for alleged misuse of public funds, city officials said Thursday. The officer, David Rubin, was indicted last fall in New York for alleged bid rigging and fraud, charges unconnected to the L.A. project. The $26 million went toward construction of a 92-unit apartment building near downtown L.A. for seniors, some of them homeless and disabled.
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