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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/12/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga >> On Sept. 4, 2007, the founder of the largest chain of charter schools in California, C. Steven Cox, and former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled.

After their latest court appearance in West Valley Superior Court on Friday, seven years and eights day after their initial indictment, the pair appear no closer to an actual trial date.

When it went out of business in August 2004, California Charter Academy operated 36 campuses across the state. An April 2005 audit commissioned by the state Department of Education accused Cox and Honeycutt, 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 who were mentioned most often in the audit, by a large margin — alleging charter school management made $5.5 million in payments to Honeycutt’s for-profit subsidiary without the academy board’s approval or awareness.

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