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Former Poway Unified School District Superintendent Faces Felony Charges

The Board of Education released an audit that showed Collins allegedly collected more than $345,000 in unauthorized pay over the last several years.

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    The former superintendent of the Poway schools, fired last year after auditors said he pocketed thousands in excess pay, now faces five felony charges.

    Former Poway Unified School District Superintendent John Collins is accused of misusing public money, vacation and leave time.

    Collins, who was fired in July 2016, led the district from July 2010 to July 2016.

    The Board of Education released an audit that showed Collins allegedly collected more than $345,000 in unauthorized pay over the last several years.

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    But Collins' attorney said the alleged independent audit is “replete with errors.”

    Collins also faces a civil lawsuit to recover the district's funds. 

    An arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. 

    If convicted on all charges, Collins could face a 7-year prison sentence. 

    A spokesperson for Poway Unified School District told NBC 7 the district would not comment at this time.