SAN DIEGO (CBS) — A former San Diego County school superintendent and four other officials were charged Wednesday in what is being called the largest public corruption case in county history.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the scandal involved a so-called “pay-to-play” scheme with construction companies.

“They traded their votes on awarding bond projects for a long list of bribes,” said San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. “The projects they awarded were voter-approved, funded by the taxpayer, and worth of millions of dollars.”

Between 2008 and 2011, the school officials accepted thousands of dollars worth of gifts that included expensive meals, Lakers playoff tickets and a trip to Napa Valley, Dumanis said.

The current superintendent said the district suspended its current construction firm, but two trustees will remain on the school board despite the charges.

The defendants could face up to seven years in prison if convicted along with fines, the Associated Press reported.

An arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 13.

Comments (5)
  1. Taxpayer says:

    And one good ol white boy. viva

  2. Doug says:

    They are starting to come out of the woodwork.

  3. * says:

    Send Wendy G to San Diego n Audit them – leave no “stone unturned”

    Shame on them !!! Our Schools already are at bare minimum and they are going to STEAL MORE !!!! what an outrage !!!!

  4. El Capitan says:

    Agree!! It’s in our blood. Stop electing us or we’ll turn it to a third world system.

  5. * says:

    And what do you want to bet – in 20 years when they are seniors and the people they were suppose to educate with that money take over the state government – they will be the ones screaming the loudest because they make poor choices and bad decisions…. Guess you should have taught them in school instead of taking of stealing what little money they had for their classrooms…..If we have unintelligent people running this state in 20 years – the state has nobody to blame but themselves and the administration they put in place in those school districts………

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