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Ricasa back at work Allison K. Sampité | Sat, Jun 09 2012 12:00 PM

Sweetwater district school board member Arlie Ricasa-Bagaporo, who was indicted by the District Attorney's Office in January on multiple felony charges, returned to work this week at Southwestern College --- under a new title.

Ricasa-Bagaporo, 48, was placed on paid, administrative leave by college superintendent Dr. Melinda Nish in January, pending the conclusion of an investigation.

Nish approved her return to work Monday.

While gone, Ricasa-Bagaporo received approximately $52,000.

Ricasa-Bagaporo left as the director of student development and health services and returns with her annual salary of $124,668, as the director of extended opportunity programs and services.

College spokeswoman Lillian Leopold said the shift was a lateral one.

“There was one person holding both positions while she was on leave, so there was a realignment in the department to best serve the needs of the district,” Leopold said.

Ricasa-Bagaporo, board president Pearl Quinones, former board member Greg Sandoval and former superintendent Jesus Gandara, were indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges following a probe by the District Attorney’s Office, in an alleged pay-for-play scandal.

All four pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in January.

Specifically, Ricasa-Bagaporo allegedly accepted $1,800 from SGI President Rene Flores, who was contracted with the district, so her daughter could participate in a prestigious National Young Leaders state conference.

In March 2010, she used her college email account to thank a contractor for a $3,900 campaign contribution, according to emails submitted by DA investigators. The gifts were in excess of the gift limit and not fully or properly reported by law.

Ricasa-Bagaporo couldn’t be reached for comment.

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annie j Says:

Sat, Jun 09 2012 12:43 PM

the rules of southwestern were broken, no ifs, no ands, no buts, - an employee is NOT suppose to your employer time to conduct personal business, an employee is NOT suppose to use employer computers, fax machines to conduct personal business.

perhaps southwestern might want to explain that.

BAU - or as the fed up tax payers of the south bay like to say BUSINESS AS USUAL - for these folks.

they will never change, and so they need to go.

next time around when considering your votes for Southwestern, remember this action. send the clear message, "you failed to represent the wishes of the tax paying voters - and we we bid you fare thee well."

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