August 9, 1996 |
One juror sounded disappointed--she had hoped for a murder trial. Another was relieved to know there would be no blood and guts. A third was surprised she had never heard of such a high-profile criminal case. All three women were selected Thursday as members of the Orange County Superior Court jury that will hear the financial misappropriation charges against former County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino--the first criminal trial linked to the county bankruptcy nearly two years ago.
August 21, 1996 |
In his first public appearance in more than a year, Orange County's disgraced former treasurer unexpectedly testified Tuesday that he never told then-Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino of his plans to illegally skim into the county treasury millions of dollars belonging to cities and schools. Robert L.
December 14, 1995 |
Concluding its probe into the nation's worst municipal bankruptcy, the Orange County Grand Jury accused two county supervisors and the auditor-controller of official misconduct and indicted the county's former budget director on criminal charges. The civil accusations filed Wednesday against Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger R. Stanton, Supervisor William G. Steiner and Auditor-Controller Steve E.
October 4, 1996 |
In what appears to be a face-saving move for embattled Orange County Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi, prosecutors and defense attorneys have struck a deal to avoid a retrial of former Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino on money-skimming charges resulting from the county's bankruptcy. Under a proposed plea-bargain arrangement, the judge will dismiss two felony counts accusing Rubino of helping then-Treasurer Robert L. Citron skim nearly $100 million in interest belonging to other public agencies.
September 14, 1996 |
Ending seven days of rancorous jury deliberations, a judge declared a mistrial Friday in the first criminal trial resulting from Orange County's $1.64-billion bankruptcy. The action came after jurors deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of acquitting former Orange County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino on two felony counts.
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October 8, 1996 |
Former county Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino was found guilty Monday of a single misdemeanor charge of falsifying county records, closing the book on the first criminal trial arising from Orange County's bankruptcy. Visiting Los Angeles Judge J. Stephen Czuleger pronounced Rubino guilty after accepting his no-contest plea to one charge in a revised three-count complaint filed by the Orange County district attorney's office.
August 13, 1996 |
On the opening day of the first criminal trial stemming from the Orange County bankruptcy, former county Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino was portrayed by the prosecution as an ambitious official who helped steal millions of dollars so he could solve the county's budget woes and enhance his own career. The money--$91 million in 1993 alone--was taken from the investment pool accounts of cities and school districts that entrusted their funds to former county Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L.
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August 17, 1996 |
The presiding judge interrupted the trial of former County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino on Friday and later admonished the prosecution about introducing "hearsay evidence" implicating him in the illegal diversion of money to a county treasury account. The judge's ruling was a potential setback for prosecutors who are trying to link Rubino to the illegal diversion of millions of dollars from the investment pool accounts of cities, school districts, and other government agencies.
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August 28, 1996 |
A parade of county officials bore witness Tuesday to the integrity of former Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino, describing him as "ethical," "honest" and even "outstanding." Testifying in Rubino's ongoing trial on money-skimming charges, Clerk-Recorder Gary L. Granville told jurors that the ex-budget director was known for "a high level of integrity, honesty and fairness." "In one word: outstanding," Granville said when asked to describe Rubino.
December 16, 1995 |
Orange County's former assistant treasurer accused ex-Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino of being "the brains" behind a plan to skim millions of dollars in interest from the county's investment pool, a defense attorney charged Friday. In seven hours of taped conversations with investigators, former Assistant Treasurer Matthew Raabe tagged Rubino as "the mastermind of this scheme" to shore up county finances with other people's money, the attorney for fallen county Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L.