The former Beverly Hills School District official who, according to prosecutors, received racy emails and secret bonuses from future Newport-Mesa Unified School District Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard has been convicted of conflict of interest charges.
Karen Anne Christiansen, who was the Los Angeles County school system's facilities director, steered a building contract exceeding $1.3 million her own way, according to authorities.
In essence, the 53-year-old convinced school officials to borrow money for a building campaign that she herself managed under a contract with the district, reads a Los Angeles County District Attorney's office statement.
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Hubbard already pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds related to his relationship with Christiansen and a third count surrounding a supposedly secret raise given to Nora Roque when she worked with him in Beverly Hills. Roque later followed Hubbard to Newport-Mesa, where the school board has so far stood behind its superintendent.
Evidence not only shows Christiansen received about $20,000 and a $350 monthly car allowance approved by Hubbard and without the Beverly Hills school board's approval, but that the administrative pair sent one another love pledges and oral-sex references, prosecutors say. Photos like the one that opened this post were sent by Christiansen to another district employee.