DA: Charges Tossed Against 6 Pension Officials
Updated at 1:01 PM PST on Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The District Attorney’s Office dropped conflict-of-interest charges against six former members of the San Diego pension board after a California Supreme Court ruling effectively gutted the case.
A Superior Court judge dismissed the charges Wednesday at the request of the San Diego County district attorney's office.
The six were charged with conflicts of interest for voting in 2002 to increase pension benefits for 20,000 city employees -- including themselves.
The state Supreme Court cleared five former board members in January, ruling that they acted legally.
However, former trustees Teresa Webster, Cathy Lexin and Ron Saathoff, along with two others, still face federal fraud and conspiracy charges. They've pleaded not guilty.
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