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San Francisco Unified School District Commends San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for Criminal Charges in Misappropriation Investigation

Press Release

May 14, 2013 (San Francisco, Calif.) – This morning SF District Attorney George Gascón announced felony charges against four former and two current (one on leave and one active) San Francisco Unified School District employees in connection with the misuse of over $15 million dollars in public money, including the personal misappropriation of approximately $250,000 in public money.

In the summer of 2010, SFUSD officials suspected acts of fraud and misappropriation of funds by a handful of employees in charge of providing after-school programs and other services.  Upon learning of the possible misconduct, the SFUSD officials immediately contacted law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office and conducted an internal investigation.

“The San Francisco Unified School District commends the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for holding the wrongdoers criminally responsible for the theft of public funds,” said Superintendent Richard A. Carranza.  “The district referred concerns to law enforcement immediately upon learning about the allegations and continues to cooperate with law enforcement.

“We conducted a top to bottom review of the department and its practices and have put in place several measures to prevent any similar wrongdoing in the future. We brought in new management and continued providing our effective programs in spite of this difficult situation.

“I am saddened that this wrongdoing occurred for many reasons, including the fact that it breeds distrust of our collective enterprise. I don’t have to tell you that this handful of former employees does not represent the overall integrity and professionalism of the district or its 8,000 employees.

“It is our obligation to be honorable stewards of the precious funds provided us for the purpose of serving San Francisco’s children. Should you now or in the future have concerns about any practices in the district, please don’t hesitate to report your concerns. You may report via email to reportfraud@sfusd.edu and/or voicemail 415-248-1321.”

Page updated on 05/14/13