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A former superintendent of Parlier Unified School District, CA, has been charged with embezzlement.
Gerardo G. Alvarez of Fresno was arrested at his home and was being processed into Fresno County Jail. The arrest comes after almost two years of investigation from the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit. That grand jury report accused Alvarez of hiring, promoting or giving raises to his and trustees’ friends and family members and holding meetings at restaurants instead of district offices. This criminal complaint alleges Alvarez embezzled and misappropriated funds from the district’s “Sunshine Club” account between July 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014. Bail in the case was set at $15,000, which Alvarez was in the process of posting as of Friday afternoon. An arraignment date was set for Jan. 18. If convicted, Alvarez faces could face up to four years in custody.