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15 indicted in San Diego area corruption case

(AP) -- A San Diego County grand jury has indicted 15 people in a widening corruption case involving construction contracts at school districts.

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said Monday the defendants include San Ysidro School District Superintendent Manuel Paul, school board members of the Sweetwater Union High School and San Ysidro districts.

Also indicted were former board members of Southwestern Community College, the former president of the college and others.

Five of the 15 were previously charged.

Dumanis says the indictments consist of 232 charges, including bribery and perjury.

Prosecutors say some accepted bribes from contractors seeking multimillion dollar school contracts.

If convicted, defendants face between six months and seven years in state prison.

Attorneys for the defendants say they plan to prove their clients' innocence.

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SD 10:21pm January 11, 2013

Why are the criminal contractrs offering the bribes not also indicted and thrown in jail as well??!! They are the root of the problem.

kristin wright 11:51am January 11, 2013

Thank god something is being done....All of the subs working on their varies projects new this was going on, ie, the corruption but couldn't do anything...No take a good look at the PSA jobs, meaning the unions who have no oversight other than themselves...They are just as corrupt if not more....