Don Bauder 5:30 p.m., Jan. 29
Ex-El Centro School Superintendent Admits Fraud
Michael Klentschy, former superintendent of El Centro Elementary School District, today (March 12) pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud charges related to school math and science grants.
According to court documents, Klentschy admitted that during his tenure from 1994 to 2007, he was paid $90,000 as part of a $400,000 grant, claiming to be a research assistant, although he was not.
Similarly, as part of grant, he got $78,000 by untruthfully claiming to be an assistant research director.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, he arranged that two close family friends would get monies for work that was not completed, and he also raked in $60,000 in a scheme to pad expense accounts.
Government losses were $325,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. He will be sentenced later. Maximum penalty is 20 years in prison.
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