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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The executive director of a Santa Ana charter school that left students scrambling when it closed last year funneled more than $12 million in state funds to several businesses owned by him, his supposed wife and their friends, according to an audit unveiled Tuesday night. Financial irregularities were among several questionable acts at the Albor Charter School, which primarily served Latino immigrants and received $25 million in state funds from 2002 until 2006.
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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.
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
July 14, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Two former top administrators at the Capistrano Unified School District pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from the alleged creation of an enemies list to thwart a recall effort. Former Supt. James A. Fleming and former Assistant Supt. Susan McGill were indicted by a grand jury in May. Fleming was charged with misappropriating public funds, using public funds to influence an election and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public.
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.
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