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Ex-Beverly Hills schools chief pleads not guilty to corruption

Former Beverly Hills Unified Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court to an additional felony charge of misappropriation of public funds.

Hubbard, 54, the current Newport-Mesa Unified superintendent in Orange County, now faces three felony counts related to his previous job. He previously pleaded not guilty to the first two counts.

Judge Patricia Schnegg released Hubbard on his own recognizance, the Daily Pilot reported.

The new charge brought by the grand jury stems from prosecutors' allegations that Hubbard gave a pay raise — without the required school-board approval — to another administrator, Nora Roque, when the two worked together in the Beverly Hills Unified School District in May 2005, according to the indictment.

Roque later joined Newport-Mesa Unified, where she is director of classified personnel. She earns $142,175 a year, including bonuses, according to public records.

She has not been charged in the case.

Hubbard also is accused of giving another former Beverly Hills administrator about $20,000 -- and increasing her monthly car allowance to about $500 -- without board approval.

If convicted on all charges, Hubbard faces up to six years in prison.

In January, the Newport-Mesa board approved a voluntary paid leave for Hubbard to prepare his defense. He returned to work in July.

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-- Lauren Williams, Times Community News

 
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