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San Mateo Vice Chancellor Charged With Embezzlement

Inside Higher Ed

Emma Whitford
January 6, 2022
The vice chancellor of the San Mateo Community College District in California was charged with embezzling taxpayer money, The Mercury News reported Wednesday. The charges result from an ongoing probe into corruption by top district officials.
Jose Nuñez pleaded not guilty to 15 felony charges, including allegations that he illegally used district computers and work hours to support a political ally and a statewide bond measure that would have awarded $2 billion for capital projects at community colleges. Nuñez was also charged with embezzling government funds and failing to report gifts from donors.
Nuñez has been placed on administrative leave. Ron Galatolo, chancellor of the district, was fired in February as a result of the two-year criminal investigation, though no charges have been filed against him.