Scales of Justice

Pair named in indictment which was filed more than five years ago
By Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/22/2013 11:26:23 AM PST
Updated: 02/22/2013 11:42:01 AM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – There’s still no trial date scheduled for the two men accused of misappropriating $5.5 million in taxpayer funds meant for California charter schools.

In the five and a half years since California Charter Academy founder C. Steven Cox and former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt were indicted in September 2007 on 117 felony charges between them, they’ve appeared in court 28 times, and they’re not done yet.

At the time it went out of business in August 2004, CCA operated 36 campuses around California.

An April 2005 audit commissioned by the state Department of Education accused the pair, along with a number of High Desert elected officials of misappropriating $23 million in state and federal funds.

Charges were ultimately filed against Cox and Honeycutt – the two mentioned most often in the audit, by a wide margin – alleging the charter school management made $5.5 million payments to Honeycutt’s for-profit subsidiary without the school board’s approval or awareness.

Cox is charged with 56 counts of misappropriation of public funds, 56 counts of grand theft and a single count of failing to file a tax return. If convicted, he faces up to 64 years in prison.

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