(Excerpt from Press Release)
San Francisco, CA – District Attorney George Gascon announced today the filing of felony charges against former and current San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) employees in connection with the diersion of over $15 million dollars in public money into slush fund accounts held at private non-profit organizations, and with the misappropriation of approximately $250,000 for personal use.
The defendants are former Associate Superintendent Trish Bascom, former Senior Executive Directors Linda Sue Lovelace and Meyla Fatma Ruwin, fomer Principal Administrative Analyst Lilian Lamorena Capuli, former Assistant Principal Mychel M. Navales, and Senior Clerk Typist Betty Chuey Wong.
“The public places a great deal of trust in our public schools and its administrators to ensure that students always come first. Unfortunately, during times when the school district faced historic budget cuts these defendants were misusing public money for their own personal advancement,” said District Attorney George Gascon. “My office will not tolerate corruption and will prosecute these defendants accordingly.”
According to court documents, five of the defendents colluded over a period of up to ten years to wrongfully divert public money into slush fund accounts hidden at private non-profit organizations: ” Edgewood Center for Children and Families, Bay Area Community Resources, and the San Francisco School Alliance.