OIG Investigative Reports, San Diego, CA 11/302010 - Former El Centro Elementary School District Superintendent and Two Former San Diego State University Professors Indicted Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA San Diego, California United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy For Further Information, Contact: Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence A. Casper (619)557-7455 For Immediate Release NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY - Novermber 30, 2010 Former El Centro Elementary School District Superintendent and Two Former San Diego State University Professors Indicted United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that two indictments were unsealed today charging three individuals with fraud in connection with the use of federal grant monies obtained from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education (DoEd) related to elementary school science and math education in Imperial County, California. The defendants include Dr. Michael Klentschy, former Superintendent of the El Centro Elementary School District, and Olga Amaral and Leslie Garrison, both former professors at San Diego State University’s Imperial Valley Campus. According to court records, indictment number 10cr4643-BEN charges the defendants with conspiring to enrich themselves by unlawfully diverting NSF and DoEd grant money to their own use and benefit and with fraudulently obtaining and intentionally misapplying grant money. In addition to the conspiracy charge, that indictment also includes charges of mail fraud and theft from programs receiving federal funds. Indictment number 10cr4642-BEN charges Klentschy alone and separately with: (1) seeking and obtaining multiple duplicate travel reimbursements while working for the El Centro Elementary School District and on federal grants and alleges that one of the sources of reimbursement in each instance was the School District; and (2) falsifying data regarding student standardized test results, which data Klentschy prepared, submitted, and relied upon to advance his own interests in connection with a $5.4 million NSF grant. Both indictments also include criminal forfeiture allegations. The indictments were unsealed earlier today during the initial appearances of the defendants. Motion hearings/trial settings have been set in both matters for January 14, 2011 before United States District Judge Roger T. Benitez. These cases are being investigated by Special Agents with the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. DEFENDANT Michael P. Klentschy Criminal Case No. 10CR4642-BEN Age: 66 /tr> DEFENDANT Michael P. Klentschy Olga Amaral Leslie Garrison Criminal Case No. 10CR4643-BEN Age: 66 Age: 56 Age: 61 /tr> SUMMARY OF CHARGES Criminal Case No. 10CR4642-BEN Counts 1 through 8: Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341 – Mail Fraud Maximum Penalties: 20 years of imprisonment and $250,000 fine per count Counts 9 through 32: Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343 – Wire Fraud  Maximum Penalties: 20 years of imprisonment and $250,000 fine per count Criminal Case No. 10CR4643-BEN Count 1: Title 19, United States Code, Section 371 – Conspiracy  Maximum Penalties: 5 years of imprisonment and $250,000 fine Counts 2 through 13: Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341 – Mail Fraud  Maximum Penalties: 20 years of imprisonment and $250,000 fine per count Counts 14 through 16: Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(A) – Theft from Program Receiving Federal Funds:  Maximum Penalties: 10 years of imprisonment and $250,000 fine per count PARTICIPATING AGENCIES National Science Foundation-Office of Inspector General U.S. Department of Education-Office of Inspector General Federal Bureau of Investigation An indictment itself is not evidence that the defendants committed the crimes charged. 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Former El Centro Elementary School District Superintendent and Two Former San Diego State University Professors Indicted. San Diego, CA., 11/30/2010
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2010-11-30.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.