Fairfax School Board Member Arrested on Fraud Charges

Fairfax School District Trustee Palmer Moland was arrested Tuesday and charged with six felony counts, including misappropriation of public funds, violating conflict of interest laws, falsification of election documents, and voter fraud.  

Moland is accused of using public funds to hire a law firm that was set to investigate him. The purpose was to stop a motion to censure him, “as well as to limit his own exposure to public records requests related to the censure,” according to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. He is also accused of lying about his residency while living outside the district he served.

Moland previously served as the school board president. He was removed from his leadership position on July 8, 2021 after multiple controversies, including accusations of harassment and bullying by colleagues. 

In a scathing May 2021 audit, the Kern County Grand Jury called for Moland’s removal, saying his poor leadership had contributed to major dysfunction on the board.



Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 06:30

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