Former LAUSD Board Member Accused of Money Laundering Will Take Plea Deal, City Filing Suggests

Los Angeles Unified school board member Ref Rodriguez, left, appears in court in September, 2017. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Unified school board member Ref Rodriguez, left, appears in court in September, 2017. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

The stage appears to be set for a Monday plea deal in the criminal case against Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez, based on a filing posted Friday afternoon by the city’s Ethics Commission.

In the filing, Rodriguez admits that he “engaged in money laundering to further his 2015 campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.”

The commission staff is recommending a $100,000 penalty.

The matter before the Ethics Commission is just one half of Rodriguez’s troubles related to political money laundering. The other — and the more serious — is a criminal case based on the same actions.

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