Ex-Assistant Superintendent of Corona-Norco Unified Charged With Embezzling Over $1 Million in District Funds
The former assistant superintendent of facilities for the Corona-Norco Unified School District has been charged with embezzling more than $1 million from the district, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
“Ted Eugene Rozzi, DOB: 10-7-1959, of Redlands; and Edward Curtis Mierau, DOB: 5-26-54, of Ladera Ranch, are charged with theft of public funds, money laundering, conflict of interest, and aggravated white-collar crime,” according to a press release. “Rozzi surrendered... Nov. 7, 2019, at Riverside Superior Court and was given a conditional own-recognizance release which includes the judge ordering him to surrender his passport, which has been done, and not to leave the country. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 20, 2019, at the Hall of Justice in Riverside.”
Rozzi served as assistant superintendent of facilities from 1992-2017. Mierau headed Neff construction, which specializes in school construction projects.
An investigation revealed “multiple transactions between Rozzi and Mierau in which Rozzi asked for checks to be written from Neff Construction to various financial institutions – not the school district -- but billed the expenses to various school construction projects.”
The transactions occurred between December 2011 and May 2017. The money, which was supposed to pay for school construction projects, was funneled into Rozzi’s personal banking and credit card accounts, the DA said.
“We are angry and very disappointed that an executive level administrator in our district would abuse his position of trust to manipulate our facilities accounts for his own financial gain,” CNUSD Superintendent Michael Lin said in a statement, available here.
Prosecutors said the district cooperated fully with the investigation.