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L.A. Unified official pleads not guilty in conflict of interest case

April 29, 2010 |  4:26 pm

A top Los Angeles Unified School District manager accused of funneling business from the district’s massive school building effort to a company he co-owned pleaded not guilty Thursday to conflict of interest charges.

Bassam Raslan, 52, was indicted last month on nine felony counts. In its indictment, the grand jury also took the school district to task for failing to prevent the alleged crime even though it knew of Raslan’s interest in the company, TBI Associates.

Raslan worked for years as a subcontractor overseeing a portion of the district’s $20-billion school construction program.

The indictment accused him of recommending hiring TBI employees for the program without telling his supervisors about the conflict.

--Jack Leonard