Indicted El Paso ISD superintendent resigns

November 9, 2011 7:59:00 AM PST
A West Texas school administrator indicted in a federal fraud investigation over use of education funds has resigned.

Trustees of the El Paso Independent School District have accepted the resignation of Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia, effective Nov. 30.

Garcia did not attend Tuesday's meeting. Garcia, who was arrested in August and freed on bond, had been on unpaid leave.

Court documents show that the district paid $360,000 for simple math materials touted as "specialized data" under a no-bid contract. Garcia allegedly failed to disclose his financial stake in the company.

Garcia has pleaded not guilty to a pair of conspiracy counts, one mail fraud count and one count of theft of federal funds.

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