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November 10, 2014

Ex-Leader of L.A. College's Foundation Admits Embezzlement

The former executive director of a Los Angeles community college's nonprofit fundraising arm pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling from the organization via bonuses, expense reimbursements, and car allowance payments, reports the Los Angeles Times. Jiah "Rhea" Chung was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to repay $50,500 to the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Foundation.

Ms. Chung, 44, was arrested in February on charges of embezzling nearly $140,000 from the foundation, which raises money for scholarships for low-income students. She led the organization from 2009 to 2011. Dana Aratani, a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County, said lax oversight by the foundation's board made the theft possible. A spokesman for the board said it has tightened its policies on expense approval and financial reporting.