LAUSD employee who partnered with Michelle Obama for healthy school lunches charged with embezzlement and perjury

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David Binkle and Michelle Obama/NBC photo

From CBS Los Angeles: The once-lauded leader of efforts to bring healthier meals to more than 600,000 Los Angeles school children was charged Tuesday with embezzlement, perjury and misuse of public funds.

David Binkle, 55, former food services director for the Los Angeles Unified School District, pleaded not guilty in L.A. Superior Court Tuesday to 15 felony counts and was released on $220,000 bail.

Binkle funneled $65,000 from LAUSD to a chefs’ club he ran and to his own bank account between 2010 and 2014, prosecutors said.

After joining LAUSD in January 2008, Binkle was suspended in Dec. 2014 , accused at the time of mismanagement and carrying a conflict of interest. He continued to draw on his $152, 000 annual salary while being investigated.

He resigned in Aug. 2015 following a scathing audit by the Los Angeles County Office of Inspector General that found over a period of four fiscal years, the district spent $40.6 million more on food — but served fewer meals.

Prosecutors accused Binkle of awarding contracts to organizations he was connected to and failing to disclose income from a private consulting business. He was also charged with forgery for putting someone else’s signature on an application to be a district vendor.

Binkle, who helped reduce fat, sugar and salt in school lunches and touted his successes at a White House event with former first lady Michelle Obama.

At the time of his suspension, he told the Los Angeles Times that he was “deeply disheartened, frustrated and baffled” by his removal.

“I have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide since my actions were approved and encouraged from senior district officials, general counsel or the ethics office,” he wrote in an email. “I am confident the truth and facts will show the allegations are unsubstantiated.”

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h/t Breitbart


10 responses to “LAUSD employee who partnered with Michelle Obama for healthy school lunches charged with embezzlement and perjury

  1. HA HA HA HA!
    Democrats should be renamed Democrooks.

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  2. DCG & Dr. Eowyn = Thank You for bringing all these News Items to our attention.. When You do these “Public Service” expose’s – You also alert us to possible similar “criminal” or poor conduct in our own close areas of interests..

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  3. Big Mike Obama should be charged with child abuse for what she did to school lunches.

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  4. “Man friends all got rich!”


  5. I guess this guy couldn’t weasel his way into the municipal government, was too corrupt to pass the smell test for state or federal, so he had to settle on the School District?
    You figure that what they are charging him with is a fraction of what he stole.
    And sure enough, moochie had her finger in the pie also. A nationwide criminal enterprise.

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  6. Think about it. It’s true!

    In terms of criminality, they have completely left the building.

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  7. Now WHY doesn’t THIS surprise me in the slightest?

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  8. Kevin J Lankford

    Every one that had any thing to do with the obama’s was committing a crime.

    Only the ignorant, traitorous liars, or cowards,….. referred to obama as president.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. How in the heck can you spend 40 million more and serve less students? Did you see what was on their plates? Where did the rest of the money go? Into MOs retirement travel account?

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