Ex-Beverly Hills Schools Chief Hubbard Found Guilty

The former Beverly Hills Schools Chief Jeffrey Hubbard has been found guilty of two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds this week.

Hubbard was charged with two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds in late 2010. A third charge was added in October, but he was later acquitted of this by a Superior Court jury in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors charged the former superintendent of the school district that serves Newport Beach and Costa Mesa with unlawfully giving a $20,000 stipend, without school board approval, to his subordinate, Karen Anne Christiansen.

He was also charged with illegally increasing her car allowance when he was serving as Beverly Hills Unified’s superintendent.

Hubbard, 54, now faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his education credentials, writes Lauren Williams at the Los Angeles Times.

Christiansen was also found guilty and has been sentenced to four years and four months in prison and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution.

Christensen was convicted of steering more than $7.5 million in Beverly Hills contracts to an energy company, Johnson Controls, that had paid her $15,000 on the side for an introduction to Hubbard at Newport-Mesa, writes Tony Saavedra at the Orange County Register.

“Christiansen also was convicted of advocating for a $334 million construction bond that resulted in her consulting firm receiving $2.2 million to manage the proceeds.”

Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman said the school district recently negotiated a settlement with Johnson Controls. The settlement requires $6 million of the money to be returned to the schools.