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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1996 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an emotional plea, former Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino on Tuesday asked the Board of Supervisors to have taxpayers pick up his legal expenses as he defends himself against criminal charges stemming from his role in the county's bankruptcy. "I came here today to tell you personally I did nothing wrong," Rubino told county supervisors during their public meeting. "I am also here to ask for your support for the county to provide funding for my defense. . . .
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August 21, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a golden moment Tuesday, Robert L. Citron wowed a room full of novices with tales of financial wizardry. It was almost like old times. Citron, testifying for the prosecution against former Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino, described to a crowded courtroom the absurdly complicated financial mechanisms he used to turn million-dollar gambles into $4-million payoffs. Jurors stopped taking notes. The judge rubbed his chin. "Beyond me," defense attorney Rodney Perlman remarked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county's former top administrator testified Wednesday that ex-Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino was the county official who proposed setting up the special treasury account where supposedly surplus investment pool earnings would earn extra income for the county. But Ernie Schneider, who was fired from the county's top job two months after the county declared bankruptcy, defended Rubino's proposal as "the prudent and rational thing to do."
NEWS
June 13, 1996
Although six past or present county officials were formally charged with wrongdoing in connection with the bankruptcy, their cases, for the most part, are still unresolved. Three of the supervisors in office at the time of the bankruptcy either retired or resigned. Supervisor Roger R. Stanton Stanton, 58, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, was charged last December by the grand jury with "willful misconduct" for failing "to safeguard the financial health of the county."
NEWS
August 9, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 21, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 14, 1995 | MATT LAIT and TRACY WEBER and DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
October 4, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 14, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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