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Quinones sentenced for felony conspiracy in South Bay schools corruption probe

The former board Sweetwater Union High School District board member who left her post following a recent guilty plea to felony conspiracy was sentenced Monday to in-home custody, some community service and a fine.

Pearl Quinones, who had previously been board president at SUHSD, was sentenced to 90 days of in-home custody for her involvement in the South Bay-area schools corruption probe, which involved more than a dozen officials from three public school districts in position to award publicly funded construction contracts. Her sentencing was the latest addition in a string of admissions and plea deals that have nearly wrapped up the case.

The officials — serving at the time in the Sweetwater Union High School District, the San Ysidro School District or the Southwestern Community College District — were identified as receiving numerous gifts from contractors and intermediaries in position to benefit for votes, much of which went unreported.

In addition to the 90 days of in-home custody Quinones was ordered to serve, Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Ana Espana sentenced her to 10 days of community service and ordered her to pay a $7,900 fine.

The last defendant in the large probe to not yet accept a plea deal is Jeffrey Flores, owner of Seville Construction Services. His jury trial was scheduled to get underway Monday morning, but as expected by the San Diego County District Attorney's office, his proceedings were continued to May 28. Deputy District Attorney Leon Schorr said the reason was medical-related.

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