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Warrants served at Sweetwater board members' homes

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County District Attorney's Office was investigating alleged political corruption at Sweetwater schools and Southwestern College, and executed search warrants on potential targets of that probe.

Investigators on Tuesday executed search warrants at the homes of six sitting and past officials, and at the home of a contractor who has worked for both districts, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Computers and boxes of documents were seized in the searches but no one was arrested, according to the newspaper, which reported that warrants were
served at residences from Bonita and Escondido over several hours.

Among those targeted Tuesday were Sweetwater Union High School District board members Pearl Quinones, Arlie Ricasa and Bertha Lopez.

Lopez told the Union-Tribune she didn't have anything to hide, while Ricasa reportedly said she didn't know what investigators might be seeking.

The District Attorney's Office confirmed to the newspaper that a criminal probe was being conducted but declined to elaborate.

Those targeted Tuesday share a web of connections, tied to construction bond measures approved by voters within the two districts, according to the Union-Tribune.

 

This is a update to a previous story. The original story is below.

 

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County district attorney's office has searched the homes of six current and former officials in an investigation involving Sweetwater schools and Southwestern College.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says investigators took away computers and boxes of documents on Tuesday but made no arrests.

Also searched was the home of a construction contractor who's worked for both districts.

However, authorities declined to discuss details of the probe.

Those targeted included Sweetwater Union High School District board members Bertha Lopez and Arlie Ricasa.

Lopez told the Union-Tribune she had nothing to hide and Ricasa said she didn't know what investigators were seeking.

Another trustee, Pearl Quinones, declined to comment, as did former Sweetwater Union High board member Greg Sandoval.

 

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