Ex-Los Angeles school food director charged with embezzling

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors have charged the former food director at the nation's second-largest school district with embezzling, perjury and misuse of public funds.

Prosecutors said David Binkle was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on 15 felony counts.

Prosecutors say Binkle funneled $65,000 from the Los Angeles Unified School District to a culinary club he ran and to his own bank account.

The 55-year-old professional chef resigned from the district after a scathing audit two years ago found inappropriate spending and mismanagement. He had been suspended while being investigated for conflicts of interest.

Binkle had been at the forefront of an effort to bring healthier meals to schools. He had touted successes at a White House event with former first lady Michelle Obama in 2014.


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