The former superintendent of the Parlier Unified School District was arrested last week on suspicion of embezzling funds from the district’s “Sunshine Club” between 2013 and 2014, according to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.
Gerardo G. Alvarez, 56, was arrested without incident at his Fresno home on Jan. 4. He will be facing felony charges of embezzlement and misappropriation of funds. The charges follow a Fresno County grand jury report in 2015 along with a 2016 audit requested by the Fresno County Office of Education.
The district attorney’s office’s Public Integrity Unit investigated Alvarez — superintendent of PUSD from 2013 to 2015 — for two years prior to the Jan. 4 arrest.
The PUSD Board of Trustees removed Alvarez as superintendent in January 2016. The agreement prevented Alvarez from working in the district in any future capacity.
The federal complaint alleges that from July 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014, Alvarez committed the felony crimes of embezzlement of PUSD property exceeding $950 and two counts of misappropriation of public funds.
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