College Board Chief Charged in Bribe Case

The president of the Compton Community College Board of Trustees was charged Friday with requesting and receiving a $500 bribe from an accountant who does work for the board, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced.

Carl Robinson, 50, is to be arraigned April 11 in Los Angeles Municipal Court, said Schuyler Sprowles, the office spokesman. If convicted of the charge, Robinson could face a sentence of up to four years in state prison and would be barred from again holding public office. Robinson remains free on $3,000 bail.

Robinson was arrested March 21 in the parking lot of a Wilmington restaurant after he allegedly accepted $500 in cash from Rolland Boceta, who heads a West Covina accounting firm that has a contract with the board, Sprowles said. In exchange for the money, Robinson allegedly said he would vote to renew Boceta's three-year, $92,000 contract with the college.

Sprowles said that Boceta notified authorities after Robinson allegedly solicited the bribe and then cooperated with investigators.

Copyright © 2019, Los Angeles Times
EDITION: California | U.S. & World