The president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education faces a series of fraud related charges. Prosecutors say Ref Rodriguez and a relative conspired to commit fraud when they reimbursed donors Rodriguez listed on campaign finance documents.
Prosecutors charged Rodriguez with one felony count of conspiracy to commit assumed name contributions, perjury, and procuring and offering a false or forged instrument. He also faces more than two dozen misdemeanor counts of assumed name contribution.
According to prosecutors, Rodriguez raised more than $50,000 during his 2014 campaign. He and another relative then repaid the contributions of twenty-five donors – most of whom are related to or acquainted with Rodriguez.
Candidates are required to disclose donors under current campaign finance rules. Rodriguez submitted the list to the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. In March 2015, a whistle-blower indicated that Rodriguez’ campaign finances included fundraising irregularities. Following an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors decided to charge Rodriguez and a relative. Rodriguez resigned from his position as the LAUSD Board of Education president last week, but remains on the Board.
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