Former School Principal Charged With Theft, Misappropriating Public Funds

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former principal at schools in Inglewood and Pasadena pleaded not guilty today to charges that he pocketed tens of thousands of dollars over the past four years.

Kyle Douglas, 50, was charged Feb. 22 with one count each of misappropriation of public funds, forgery and grand theft.

Ge is accused of negotiating a contract with a company for private use of Inglewood High School's parking lot in 2017 while he was the principal there, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He allegedly did not receive authorization and profited about $57,000 from the deal.

While working two years later as the principal at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Pasadena, Douglas allegedly collected about $10,000 for a student trip to China and never paid the company he hired to organize the trip.

“Betraying students, their parents and school administrators is the ultimate failure for those who are the face and voice of a school,'' District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement in which the charges were announced.

A date is scheduled to be set April 23 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to allow the case against Douglas to proceed to trial.

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