Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.
The nearly nine-year old prosecution of the California Charter Academy criminal case has been delayed again.
In a court hearing on Friday, Superior Court Judge Jon Ferguson, citing no legal basis, denied defense attorney Grover Porter’s motion to withdraw as attorney of record from the long-running case. Porter represents Former mayor and councilman Tad Theron Honeycutt.
Honeycutt and California Charter Academy (CCA) founder Charles Steven Cox share a combined 117 felony charges for misappropriation of public funds, grand theft, tax evasion and filing a false tax return, court records show.
The case stems from an audit report commissioned by the California Department of Education released, in 2005, alleging conflict-of-interest transactions, eventually spurred the special grand jury investigation of the now-defunct CCA in 2007.
Cox was chief executive officer of CCA, which grew to be the largest charter school network in the state, as well Educational Administrative Services Corp., which handled the charter schools’ finances, according to reports.
Honeycutt ran Educational Administrative Services Corp. and was president of Maniaque Management Group Inc., which also contracted with the charters.
The case was also continued until June 12.
To be blunt. This case, originating from a September 2007 indictment, is over!