Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mistrial Declared In Fraud Case Against Teacher

As a follow-up on a prior posting, a mistrial was declared Wednesday in a fraud case against a former Los Angeles Unified School District math teacher who prosecutors said conned the district into placing a $3.7-million order to buy math textbooks he wrote. After deliberating for eight days, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. The panel was hung 11 to 1 in favor of acquitting Matthias Vheru, 53. The U.S. attorney's office has until March 23 to decide whether to retry Vheru.

The toll on Mr. Vheru as someone accused of fraud and having to go to trial was evident in this case. The trial lasted 5 weeks which meant he could not work during that time and the trial preparation time. The L.A. Times reports that due to all the legal fees over 3 years, he and his wife are about to lose their home and had to file for bankruptcy.

See Los Angeles Times article:,0,2184613.story

See prior post:


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