Superintendent Convicted of Misusing Taxpayer Money
Hubbard, 54, allegedly gave a pay raise to female district employee without school board approval
Jeffery Hubbard, 54 (Newport-Mesa Unified School District)
Jeffery Hubbard, 54, now the superintendent of the Newport Mesa Unified School District, was found not guilty on a third count.
Hubbard was convicted on counts stemming from allegations that he awarded a bonus to a subordinate, Karen Anne Christiansen, 53, and increased her car allowance without the school board's permission, while working for the Beverly Hills district.
He was acquitted on allegations that he approved a pay raise for another employee, Nora Roque, without approval.
Hubbard now faces up to four years in prison and the revocation of his educational credentials.
The majority of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District teachers cast a no confidence vote in Hubbard in November.
A grand jury indicted Hubbard Oct. 8.
Hubbard pleaded not guilty to the indictment Nov. 1. Prosecutor Max Huntsman said the new charge stems from Hubbard's alleged order to a subordinate to give a raise to Roque, without the required authorization from the School Board.
Hubbard was charged in Dec. 2010 with two counts of misappropriation of public funds for allegedly giving Christiansen, the former facilities director for the BHUSD, more than $20,000 in unauthorized gifts.
Christiansen was charged in the same case with six counts of conflict of interest.
She was accused of steering $2.2 million from a construction bond she helped get passed. She was recently convicted and was sentenced to four years and four months in prison.
She was hired in 2004 at a yearly salary of $113,00 and is accused of encouraging the district to borrow money for a building campaign while planning to direct the management contract herself.
Christiansen's company, Strategic Concepts, LLC, received the construction contract and drew more than $100,000 a month until the BHUSD discovered the conflict and fired her, according to a news release issued by the District Attorney's Office.
She also allegedly negotiated contracts with an energy firm, Johnson Controls, to do work for the school district while she allegedly negotiated contracts between Strategic Concepts and Johnson Controls.
Roque now works for Hubbard at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.