FUSD Employee Sentenced for Theft of District Money

February 11, 2009 8:08:59 PM PST
A former Fresno Unified School official is in jail for a seven year scheme to embezzle tax payer money. Ralph Peters was hired to watch over Fresno Unified money, but he now owes nearly $200,000. Before the judge sentenced Peters, his attorney Jane Boulger pleaded for leniency, "This is something where he acted outside of his character. And it became this compulsive behavior where he loathed himself for it." Peters worked at Fresno Unified as a budget technician. According to an arrest warrant, investigators say Peters ordered toys, bookmarks and expensive pens on the district's tab, then sold the items and pocketed the cash. While the defense attorney asked for a light punishment, Prosecutor Mike Elder demanded prison time for violating the public's trust. Elder said, "The amount of theft being over $196,000. This occurred over seven years. The fact that sat right at his desk and sold the items that he stole from his desk."

Peters plead no contest to grand theft. As punishment neared, the man started to shed tears. Boulger said, "With that, he puts himself onto this court's mercy."

The judge sentenced peters to one year in jail plus five years probation. He was taken away by a deputy. But the former school district employee is already scheduled to be released in early October.

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