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August 29, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino testified in his own defense Wednesday and insisted that he knew nothing of the scheme to steal nearly $100 million in investment pool earnings belonging to cities, school districts and other agencies. Rubino said it never occurred to him to question then-Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO
The county will pay the final $23,485 in attorney bills for former Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino, bringing to $631,263 the cost for defending him against criminal charges resulting from the county's bankruptcy. Rubino pleaded no contest in 1996 to a single felony count of altering public records, which was reduced to a misdemeanor by a judge and eventually stricken from his record.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1996 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER and DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Former County Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L. Citron won yet another delay in his sentencing Friday when a judge said he needed more time to understand the case. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Czuleger had previously announced that he intended at Friday's hearing to set a firm date for Citron's sentencing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former county Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino, who pleaded no contest to a charge arising from Orange County's bankruptcy, has had his criminal record wiped clean and wants taxpayers to reimburse him for about $25,000 he paid his attorney. The money he is seeking is in addition to $605,000 the county has already paid for Rubino's legal bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1992
Upon completion of Noriega's tedious and expensive trial, one can only be thankful that this master thug will be behind bars for the rest of his miserable life. Reading comments from the defense attorneys only make me wonder how these people can be taken seriously. Frank A. Rubino was out of line with his post-conviction comments proclaiming the U.S. government has no right to be the "world's policeman." When another country threatens this country like Noriega did with his support of Colombian drug lords, we have every right to put an end to it. When push comes to shove, no one is going to mess with Uncle Sam. Just ask Saddam Hussein.
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September 5, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former attorney for Gen. Manuel A. Noriega was a secret federal informant when he telephoned the former Panamanian leader in January, 1990, and advised him to surrender to U.S. forces that had invaded the country, a Noriega lawyer charged Wednesday. The assertion was made by Frank A. Rubino, Noriega's current defense attorney, one day before jury selection is to begin in the former dictator's drug-smuggling trial. Rubino asked U.S. District Judge William M.
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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
September 7, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
On their third day of deliberations, jurors in the trial of ex-Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino on Friday received some clarifications about the legal meaning of the terms "aiding and abetting." Rubino is charged with two felony counts of aiding and abetting former Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L. Citron skim nearly $100 million in interest earnings belonging to agencies in Orange County's ill-fated investment pool. Responding to jurors' request for a clarification of the terms, Judge J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors deliberating in the trial of ex-Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino on Wednesday heard a replay of taped interviews Rubino gave to investigators in which he expressed frustration with his job and the overreliance of the county on interest it earned on its massive investment pool. Rubino is on trial on charges he helped former Treasurer Robert L. Citron skim nearly $100 million in interest earnings belonging to other agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
Jurors deliberating in the trial of former Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino spent most of Thursday morning listening to court reporters read back the testimony of former Treasurer Robert L. Citron. In its second day of deliberations, the jurors asked for the Citron testimony and that of Rubino, accused of helping Citron misappropriate public funds. But they never got to the Rubino testimony. The trial is scheduled to resume this morning in Orange County Superior Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ronald S. Rubino, the former county budget director accused of criminal wrongdoing related to the Orange County bankruptcy, has been selected as a financial consultant for the Orange County Transportation Authority. Officials said Rubino is helping develop a "mid-range" financial study of agency revenue and expenses. He will earn $9,700 under the contract, which began in December and ends in late February. "I've known Ron for a long time. He's done great work.
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October 12, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The criminal case against former county Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino--whose bankruptcy-related trial ended with a hung jury and plea agreement last month--began unraveling weeks before the first prosecution witness took the stand. It was the first week of July, prosecutors recall, and Rubino's chief accuser had just told them he was going to invoke his rights under a still-secret agreement with the district attorney: He was refusing to testify until his own trial was resolved.
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October 8, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Orange County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino was found guilty Monday on 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 a plea of no contest from Rubino to one charge in a revised three-count complaint filed by the Orange County district attorney's office.
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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October 5, 1996 | H.G. REZA and SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi declared the plea bargain struck with former County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino a "victory for the people of Orange County" and rejected criticism that the agreement represents a stinging defeat for prosecutors. "If everything remains in place, justice will be served," Capizzi said in an interview Friday. "This serves to determine accountability and designate responsibility for these problems. I think we have accomplished that."
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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.
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September 13, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Struggling to break a deadlock, jurors in the trial of former Orange County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino deliberated for a sixth day Thursday, but still failed to arrive at a verdict. Jurors will resume deliberations this morning, two days after the panel told presiding Judge J. Stephen Czuleger that they were a "hung jury" and have been plagued by personal infighting. Rubino is charged with two counts of helping former Treasurer Robert L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1996 | From Associated Press
A Los Angeles judge hearing the fraud case against Orange County's former budget director was told Friday that publicity here already has ruined any chance for a fair trial. Defense lawyer Rodney M. Perlman told Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Czuleger he will file a change of venue motion. Perlman failed in a bid to keep cameras out of Friday's hearing for Ronald S. Rubino, though Czuleger said he will reconsider later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1996
The district attorney appears to be on the verge of dissipating our tax dollars. I watched the ill-fated and ill-conceived trial of Ron Rubino. It went about the way one would expect of a witch hunt. A lot of our dollars were wasted on this hapless prosecution, a popular and respected family has been forced to the brink of financial ruin, and now the publicity-hungry district attorney's office wants to try again. This in spite of the fact that three-fourths of the jurors voted resolutely for acquittal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
Five days after an Orange County jury deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of acquitting former Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino, his attorneys asked the trial judge Wednesday to dismiss money-skimming charges against him in the interest of justice. The attorneys told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Czuleger that prosecutors presented insufficient evidence to convict Rubino at the monthlong trial.
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