5 charged in San Diego-area school corruption

January 4, 2012 - 2:35 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County prosecutors 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.

The district attorney's office announced Wednesday that it's filed bribery, perjury and other charges against the Sweetwater Union High School District's former superintendent, two current board trustees, a former board member and a construction contractor.

Authorities say the officials accepted costly dinners, theater and concert tickets to influence their votes on the projects.

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