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A quick guide to the South Bay corruption case

The ongoing South Bay school corruption cases involve 13 active or former area school officials, a construction bond underwriter and the president of a construction firm. All 15 defendants have pleaded not guilty to various charges, ranging from extortion and conspiracy for some to bribery and the intentional filing of false documentation for others. Most of them are charged with multiple counts of each of their alleged crimes. The acts detailed in the indictments deal in large part with the interactions of the school officials, who would carry out votes on who would handle construction and banking activities for projects approved by their districts, with bond underwriter Gary Cabello and Seville Construction Services President Jeffrey Flores. The indictments cover many years’ worth of accusations, highlighting acts such as a dinner reported to have been bought by Cabello for representatives of the Southwestern Community College District at Fleming’s Steakhouse around Oct. 30, 2008 – a dinner reported to have cost him more than $1,100. In all, the indictments laid out more than 200 charges against the 15 defendants.

Gary Cabello
Bond underwriter, formerly of Alta Vista Financial Inc. and Cabrera Capital Markets LLC.

--Charged with conspiracy, offering a valuable thing to a member of a governing board of a school district, offering a valuable thing to a member of a governing board of a community college district and giving or offering bribes.

Jeffrey Flores
President of Seville Construction Services

--Charged with conspiracy, offering a valuable thing to a member of a governing board of a school district, offering a valuable thing to a member of a governing board of a community college district and giving or offering bribes

--Represented by Courtney Pilchman, Pilchman & Kay PLC

Manuel Paul
Former superintendent of the San Ysidro School District.

--Charged with filing false instrument, perjury by declaration and receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount.

-- Represented by James Fitzpatrick, Law Offices of James M.V. Fitzpatrick

Yolanda Hernandez
San Ysidro School District governing board member.

--Charged with filing false instrument and perjury by declaration.

--Represented by Michael Crowley, Crowley Law Group

Nicholas Alioto
Former Southwestern College vice president.

--Charged with receiving bribes, wrongful influence by a public official, filing false instrument, perjury by declaration and receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount.

--Represented by attorney Dan Tandon, deputy public defender.

Raj Chopra
Former Southwestern College president

--Charged with wrongful influence by a public official, receiving a bribe, conflict of interest, filing false instrument, perjury by declaration and receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount.

--Represented by Michael Attanasio, Cooley LLP

Jorge Dominguez
Former Southwestern College governing board member

--Charged with filing false instrument, perjury by declaration, receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount, accepting a bribe and conflict of interest.

--Represented by Vikas Bajaj, Law Office of Vikas Bajaj APC

Yolanda Salcido
Former Southwestern College governing board member.

--Charged with accepting a bribe, conflict of interest, filing false instrument, perjury by declaration, receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount and wrongful influence by a public official.

--Represented by attorney Dale Santee, deputy alternate public defender.

John Wilson
Former director of facilities at Southwestern College.

--Charged with receiving a bribe, filing false instrument, conflict of interest, perjury by declaration, receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount and wrongful influence by a public official.

--Represented by Kevin B. McDermott, Law Offices of Kevin Barry McDermott

James Cartmill
Active Sweetwater Union High School District governing board member

--Charged with wrongful influence by a public official, accepting multiple bribes, conflict of interest, filing false statement, perjury by declaration and receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount

--Represented by Thomas Warwick, Grimes & Warwick

Jesus Gandara
Former Sweetwater Union High School District superintendent.

--Charged with extortion conspiracy and multiple counts of receiving bribes, conflicts of interest, filing false instruments, perjury by declaration, receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount and wrongful influence by a public official.

--Represented by Paul Pfingst, Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Bertha Lopez
Active Sweetwater Union High School District governing board member

--Charged with filing false instrument, perjury by declaration, receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount, accepting bribes, wrongful influence by a public official and conflicts of interest.

--Represented by Dean Schiffman, Schiffman & Huch LLP

Pearl Quinones
Active Sweetwater Union High School District governing board member

--Charged with extortion, conspiracy, accepting bribes, conflict of interest, wrongful influence by a public official, filing false instrument, perjury by declaration and receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount.

--Represented by Marc Carlos, Bardsley & Carlos LLP

Arlie Ricasa
Active Sweetwater Union High School District governing board member.

--Charged with extortion, conspiracy, accepting bribes, conflict of interest, filing false instrument, perjury by declaration, receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount and wrongful influence by a public official.

--Represented by attorney Allen R. Bloom

Gregorio Sandoval
Former Sweetwater Union High School District governing board member.

--Charged with extortion, conspiracy, accepting bribes, conflict of interest, filing false instrument, perjury by declaration, receiving gifts as a public official from a single source in excess of the legal amount and wrongful influence by a public official.

--Represented by Ricardo Gonzalez, Law Offices of Ricardo M. Gonzalez

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