LAUSD employee who partnered with Michelle Obama for healthy school lunches charged with embezzlement and perjury

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From CBS Los Angeles: The once-lauded leader of efforts to bring healthier meals to more than 600,000 Los Angeles school children was charged Tuesday with embezzlement, perjury and misuse of public funds.

David Binkle, 55, former food services director for the Los Angeles Unified School District, pleaded not guilty in L.A. Superior Court Tuesday to 15 felony counts and was released on $220,000 bail.

Binkle funneled $65,000 from LAUSD to a chefs’ club he ran and to his own bank account between 2010 and 2014, prosecutors said.

After joining LAUSD in January 2008, Binkle was suspended in Dec. 2014 , accused at the time of mismanagement and carrying a conflict of interest. He continued to draw on his $152, 000 annual salary while being investigated.

He resigned in Aug. 2015 following a scathing audit by the Los Angeles County Office of Inspector General…

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