Wednesday, March 17, 2010

3-year term for Fresno school embezzlement

A former business manager who has admitted to stealing $422,000 from a tiny southwest Fresno school district was sentenced Tuesday in Fresno County Superior Court to three years in prison.
Leonard Robinson, 52, wrote in a letter to Judge Jonathan Conklin that he was sorry for his actions.
Attorney Glenn LoStracco, who represented Robinson, had sought probation, arguing that Robinson stole from Orange Center Elementary School District to feed a gambling habit, not to live a lavish lifestyle.
But Conklin stuck to a three-year prison sentence that he had indicated in September when Robinson pleaded guilty to grand theft and second-degree burglary.
Robinson had faced a maximum term of five years and eight months in prison.
Prosecutors say Robinson, who was the business manager for 21 years, embezzled the money from October 2005 to January of this year. The burglary charge stems from stealing a district computer's hard drive in an attempt to cover up the theft, prosecutors say.
The Orange Center school district on Cherry Avenue has one school that serves about 310 students in kindergarten through eighth grade

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