Talk about bringing your work home.
Timothy Hanretty, a former Portola Valley School District superintendent, pleaded no contest Tuesday to multiple felony charges involving millions of dollars he is accused of misappropriating from two school districts.
Hanretty bilked more than $100,000 from Portola Valley schools and misappropriated almost $2 million from the Woodside school district, where he also once worked, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said.
Woodside officials discovered the fraud in November after investigating unusually high debt. Hanretty was given approval by the school board to secure a loan for up to $632,000 for field renovations. But Hanretty falsified documents to secure a loan for $2.6 million, prosecutors allege, using the money for other school projects without board approval.
When those charges came to light, Portola Valley found six invoices for the district’s solar panel fund that were actually invoices for construction done at Hanretty’s home, prosecutors said.
Hanretty pleaded no contest in exchange for a maximum of four years in prison, prosecutors said. The judge said he would consider probation if the money is paid back.