D.A. investigators run in Lynwood School District
March 20, 2010 Leave a comment
LYNWOOD — Agents from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office of Public Integrity raided the Lynwood Unified School District’s headquarters Thursday.
Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the D.A.’s office, confirmed that search warrants were executed at district LUSD headquarters, as part of an investigation into allegations of misuse of public funds by the district’s former superintendent.
Dhyan Lal was released from his contract last summer by the school board.
Robison said she could not confirm when the investigation began, but said that Thursday’s raid stems from an “ongoing investigation.”
More than 15 agents arrived at the district’s headquarters on Bullis Road around 8 a.m., and from talk throughout the district office, they focused most of their attention on the superintendent’s office, the business manager’s office and the computer/tech department.
Initial reports said investigators also included agents from the FBI and the U.S. Marshall’s office, but district officials confirmed later that agents were only from the D.A.’s office.
Agents, working under lead investigator Lt. Steve DePrima, were seen sorting through file cabinets inside the superintendent’s office, moving computer equipment from office to office, and interviewing several individuals who work at the district offices.
By 1:30 p.m., agents left the headquarters carrying several boxes and three computers.
In a statement, interim Superintendent Patrick Leier said the district attorney’s office is investigating allegations that Lal engaged in inappropriate campaign activities. Leier ended the statement by reminding the public that “At this time, only allegations exist.”
Asked if he knew what agents were looking for, Leier said they could take whatever they want, whatever they need.
It was reported that the superintendent’s computer was one of the computers the agents confiscated.