LAUSD board member Ref Rodriguez pleads guilty in money-laundering scheme, resigns

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Monday, July 23, 2018
LAUSD board member pleads guilty to conspiracy, resigns
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Ref Rodriguez resigned from the panel after pleading guilty to a felony conspiracy charge and several misdemeanors.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Unified School District board member Refugio "Ref" Rodriguez resigned from the panel Monday after pleading guilty to a felony conspiracy charge and several misdemeanors in a case involving reimbursements to his 2015 campaign donors.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Rodriguez will be sentenced to three years of probation and serve 60 days of community service.

He is also expected to reach a settlement Monday with the city's Ethics Commission, admit that he carried out a money-laundering scheme by reimbursing 25 donors, and agree to pay a $100,000 fine.