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15 indicted in San Diego area corruption case

SAN DIEGO (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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