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City controller to audit LAUSD construction program

April 2, 2010 |  3:52 pm

City Controller Wendy Greuel has agreed to audit the Los Angeles Unified School District's construction program, officials said Friday.

Supt. Ramon C. Cortines asked Greuel to conduct the investigation after a grand jury indicted Bassam Raslan, a subcontractor hired to help run the district's building program.

The grand jury charged Raslan with nine counts, accusing him of funneling business from the district’s school building program to a company he co-owns.

Raslan's attorney said his client complied with district policy and that officials knew of Raslan's ownership in the company, TBI Associates.

The indictment, which came almost three years after a Times investigation raised questions about Raslan and his business, also accuses school district officials of doing little to prevent the conflict.

Greuel's investigation will begin soon and Cortines promised to make the findings public.

"If we find any wrongdoing or discrepancies ... we will take swift, appropriate action on the persons or companies involved," he said in a statement.

--Jason Song