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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2007 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
The average 12% raises recently given top Cal State University administrators and campus presidents are an illegal gift of public funds and should be stopped, alleges a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The suit contends that the pay raises will cause "irreparable harm to the taxpayers of the state of California" and that their retroactivity, to July, violates the state Constitution.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2007 | Maeve Reston and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
A San Bernardino County grand jury on Tuesday indicted the founder of a charter school network that was once the largest in California, charging him with grand theft and misappropriation of public school funds. A Hesperia city councilman was also indicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2007 | Jessica Garrison and Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writers
City Councilwoman Janice Hahn called for an audit of the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles, citing a Times report last week pointing to bid-rigging and installation of pricey toilets. "I am constantly fighting to get more funding for services, like summer jobs and community center hours, for the residents of our housing developments. Now I read in the L.A. Times" that the authority "has spent $2,500 on a toilet. This is frustrating and disturbing," Hahn said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The arraignments Friday of two former top administrators at the Capistrano Unified School District were postponed to July 13. Former Supt. James A. Fleming was charged with misappropriating public funds, using public funds to influence an election and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public. Former Assistant Supt. Susan McGill was charged with perjury and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
The state's investigation into alleged corruption at the government-run State Compensation Insurance Fund may be widening. On Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol confirmed that its investigators have been asked to join the inquiry into possible misuse of public funds at the $6-billion-a-year workers' compensation insurance company. The investigation comes at the request of fund Chairwoman Jeanne Cain, CHP spokesman Tom Marshall said.
WORLD
May 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan's agricultural minister killed himself amid a scandal over the use of official funds, media reports said today. Toshikatsu Matsuoka, 62, was found unconscious in his room in central Tokyo, and rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors were unable to revive him, broadcaster NHK reported. He had faced criticism over suspicious bookkeeping practices involving utility fees for his offices. The scandal has put pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has defended his minister.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2007 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
An unorthodox charter school operation bilked the state of more than $7.5 million, engaged in blatant nepotism, and spent tens of thousands of dollars on personal travel, expensive meals and assorted luxuries -- including a $20,000 aquarium -- according to the results of an audit released Friday by the Los Angeles County Department of Education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
Investigators from the San Bernardino County district attorney's office are searching for the manager of the Yucca Valley Airport, who they say stole $1.1 million in state grant money that was earmarked for repairs to the airport's runway. Investigator Bud Randles said authorities managing the airport applied for the funds from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in 2003, but when the check came in 2004, Richard Paul Demel did not alert the board.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former school administrator was sentenced in Riverhead to two to six years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the school district and the state retirement fund, prosecutors said. Daniel Cifonelli, the former assistant superintendent for business in the William Floyd School District on Long Island, pleaded guilty to nine counts of grand larceny and money laundering.
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