The new year has started out rough for two former Beverly Hills Unified School District officials accused of misusing public funds.

Jeffrey Hubbard, who serves as the current Newport-Mesa Unified Superintendent, and Karen Anne Christiansen, who served as the director of planning and facilities for Beverly Hills Unified, are co-defenders in a case that accuses Christiansen of pocketing $2 million in conflict-of-interest funds.

From the Daily Pilot:

LOS ANGELES – Newport-Mesa Unified Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony counts of misappropriation of funds related to his previous job as schools chief in the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

Judge Keith L. Schwartz set a preliminary hearing, where evidence will be introduced, for Jan. 18 in Department 142 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Airport branch near Los Angeles International Airport. The case will be heard before Judge Mark E. Windham.

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