5 charged in San Diego-area school corruption

January 4, 2012 - 2:45 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County prosecutors said Wednesday they have charged current and former officials of a local school district with taking bribes to award hundreds of millions of dollars worth of construction contracts.

Bribery, perjury and other charges were filed against the Sweetwater Union High School District's former superintendent, two current board trustees, a former board member and a construction contractor, the district attorney's office said.

The officials accepted costly dinners, theater and concert tickets to influence their votes on the projects, authorities said.

They could face up to seven years in prison if convicted along with fines.

Prosecutors previously released affidavits used to justify search warrants served last month.

The San Diego Union-Tribune said the documents laid out timelines showing expensive dinners followed by key votes on how to spend hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer-approved bond measures.