Schools asked to pay legal fees in corruption case 

Officials of the Sweetwater Union High School District want the San Diego County district to pay their legal fees in a corruption case.

U-T San Diego ( ) says the bill could run as much as $1.3 million to defend school board members Pearl Quinones, Arlie Ricasa, Bertha Lopez and former board member Greg Sandoval. The school board will consider their request next week.

Ricasa hasn't been charged with a crime but his home was searched by authorities. The others have pleaded not guilty to charges that they voted to steer work to contractors who gave them meals, theater tickets and other gifts.

Former Superintendent Jesus Gandara also is charged but he hasn't asked the school district for financial help.


Information from: U-T San Diego,

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