Man Extradited From Spain Faces Charges in Santa Ana Charter School Embezzlement Case

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A van bearing a message sits in the parking lot in front of one of the buildings at Albor Charter School in Santa Ana in April 2005. (Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

A van bearing a message sits in the parking lot in front of one of the buildings at Albor Charter School in Santa Ana in April 2005. (Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

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More than a decade ago, an audit uncovered that the executive director of a Santa Ana charter school had funneled millions in state funds to several businesses he owned.

After being extradited from Spain, Emilio Vazquez arrived in Orange County recently to face decade-old felony charges that include misappropriation of public funds, forgery and grand theft, the Orange County district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Vazquez served as the executive director of Albor Charter School from 2002 to 2006. Allegations of questionable spending, fiscal mismanagement and conflicts of interest led the Santa Ana Unified School District to revoke Albor’s charter in 2005.

Although a legal battle allowed the school to stay open for the next school year, Vazquez closed Albor in March 2006 without notice to students or staff.

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