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September 18, 1995 | DAVID REYES and MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Stephen A. Wagner, the former finance officer who was convicted of embezzling $3.7 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District nearly three years ago, has died of AIDS-related pneumonia in a medical facility at Vacaville prison, authorities said. Wagner, 43, whose embezzlement ranks as the largest such theft in California school history, died Sept. 9.
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September 18, 1995 | DAVID REYES and MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Stephen A. Wagner, the former finance officer who was convicted of embezzling $3.7 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District nearly three years ago, has died of AIDS-related pneumonia in a medical facility at Vacaville prison, authorities said. Wagner, 43, whose embezzlement ranks as the largest such theft in California school history, died Sept. 9.
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April 21, 1994 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Class sizes were increased and dozens of teachers and other employees were laid off as a result of the budget shortfall caused by school official Stephen Wagner's embezzlement of $4 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, according to an Orange County Grand Jury report released Wednesday. According to the report, the school district was forced to reduce the number of classroom aides by 50% and lay off 59 teachers and 150 other employees as a result of the embezzlement.
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September 12, 1995 | DAVID REYES and MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Stephen A. Wagner, the former finance officer who was convicted of embezzling $3.7 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District nearly three years ago, died over the weekend from an AIDS-related illness in a medical facility at Vacaville prison, authorities said Monday. Wagner, 43, died Saturday at 8:25 a.m. He had been transferred from Vacaville's general prison population and was being treated in the California Medical Facility, the hospital unit of the Vacaville prison.
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December 16, 1992 | KRISTINA LINDGREN and GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Fired school finance officer Stephen A. Wagner pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $3.5 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District over at least six years, and renewed his pledge to make restitution of the looted funds. Wagner, who entered the guilty plea in a barely audible voice at his arraignment in Superior Court, faces eight years and eight months in state prison on five counts of misappropriating public funds and filing false state income tax returns.
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December 16, 1992 | KRISTINA LINDGREN and GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Fired school finance officer Stephen A. Wagner pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $3.5 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District over at least six years, and renewed his pledge to make restitution of the looted funds.
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March 8, 1994 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge sentenced former school finance officer Stephen A. Wagner on Monday to 57 months in prison on federal mail and wire fraud charges, effectively adding about 13 months to the time he is expected to spend behind bars on state charges of embezzling $3.7 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
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November 27, 1992 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal funds meant to pay for children's lunches may be among the $1.2 million or more allegedly embezzled from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District by its former chief fiscal officer, according to school budget documents and sources close to the case. Stephen A.
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September 12, 1995 | DAVID REYES and MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Stephen A. Wagner, the former finance officer who was convicted of embezzling $3.7 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District nearly three years ago, died over the weekend from an AIDS-related illness in a medical facility at Vacaville prison, authorities said Monday. Wagner, 43, died Saturday at 8:25 a.m. He had been transferred from Vacaville's general prison population and was being treated in the California Medical Facility, the hospital unit of the Vacaville prison.
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March 9, 1993 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Newport-Mesa Unified School District will recoup $150,000 from its insurance carrier against the embezzlement of $3.9 million by its former chief fiscal officer, Stephen A. Wagner, district officials said Monday. Half of that money, to be paid by the Chubb Group of Insurance Cos., is expected to go toward paying auditors who have been trying to unravel the complex trail of embezzlement dating back to at least January, 1986, said Thomas C.
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October 12, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will receive $525,000 in settlements from two accounting firms that failed to discover embezzlement by the district's former chief financial officer. Board President Edward Decker announced the settlements, which preempt a district lawsuit, at the board's meeting Tuesday evening. Long Beach-based Lemke & McDade Certified Public Accountants and its principals, Michael McDade and Eric Lemke, will pay $325,000.
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April 21, 1994 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Class sizes were increased and dozens of teachers and other employees were laid off as a result of the budget shortfall caused by school official Stephen Wagner's embezzlement of $4 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, according to an Orange County Grand Jury report released Wednesday. According to the report, the school district was forced to reduce the number of classroom aides by 50% and lay off 59 teachers and 150 other employees as a result of the embezzlement.
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March 8, 1994 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge sentenced former school finance officer Stephen A. Wagner on Monday to 57 months in prison on federal mail and wire fraud charges, effectively adding about 13 months to the time he is expected to spend behind bars on state charges of embezzling $3.7 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
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March 8, 1994 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge Monday sentenced former school finance officer Stephen A. Wagner to 57 months in prison on federal mail and wire fraud charges. That effectively adds about 13 months to the time Wagner is expected to spend behind bars on state charges of embezzling $3.7 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
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January 13, 1994 | BOB ELSTON
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has received a $575,000 settlement from Wells Fargo Bank in exchange for dropping its $3-million lawsuit alleging that the bank failed to protect district funds from an embezzlement scheme by former budget chief Stephen A. Wagner. Edward H. Decker, president of the district's Board of Education, said at Tuesday night's board meeting that the settlement was reached last month and approved in concept by the board on Dec. 24.
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December 7, 1993
Stephen A. Wagner pleaded guilty Monday to federal mail and wire fraud charges as part of a plea agreement in which the U.S. government recommended he be sentenced to no more than 10 years in federal prison. Wagner, the former school finance officer of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, entered the formal guilty plea before a U.S. District judge. Sentencing is set for March 7. "We entered the plea of guilty pursuant to the plea agreement," said Paul S. Meyer, Wagner's attorney.
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June 26, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stephen A. Wagner, who gained a lavish lifestyle of fancy cars and fur-lined bathrobes by committing the largest embezzlement of school funds in California history, was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for stealing $3.5 million from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Wagner, 41, the district's former chief financial officer, will spend about 2 1/2 years in prison if he earns the maximum credit for work, good behavior and time already served in jail.
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November 18, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Stephen A. Wagner has agreed to a plea bargain that would keep him from serving more than 10 years in federal prison, according to court documents filed Wednesday. The agreement stipulates that Wagner, the former Newport-Mesa Unified School District finance officer, would serve his sentence concurrently with the six-year state prison term he is already serving for embezzlement. Wagner, 41, will plead guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud charges at a Dec. 1 hearing before U.S.
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November 17, 1993 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stephen A. Wagner, the former Newport-Mesa school finance officer convicted of embezzlement, will plead guilty to federal mail and wire fraud charges when he appears before a U.S. District Court judge in two weeks, it was revealed during his arraignment Tuesday. Attorneys for Wagner and the U.S. attorney's office have signed a plea agreement to be filed today in federal court, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. David A. Hoffer.
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