FCCP Investigating Fresno Unified Trustee for Not Disclosing $1 Million

Fresno Unified Trustee, Brooke Ashjian, is under fire after a complaint alleging failed income reporting was filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission.

According to the Fresno Bee, the complaint was filed Oct. 17 by Kenneth Mackie, a Merced attorney that works for Fresno Watchdogs for Ethical Bidding.

The report claims that Ashjian failed to report more than $1 million in income and that he broke conflict-of-interest laws because of his relationship with a company that was hired as a subcontractor for a company hired by the district. 

Other conflicts of interest cited include Ashjian’s voting record as he incorrectly voted on agenda items that he had financial interest in. He is also being accused of switching his vote by falsifying public records.

If found in violation, Ashjian faces potential charges amounting to more than $6 million in fines. He may also never be able to run for public office again, and could face incarceration.  

Ashjian says that these accusations are false and political retaliation for being against a bond measure that the board will vote on in November and for being critical of Superintendent Michael Hanson. He's also hired an expert attorney on the Political Reform Act, Charles Belle.

Read more at the Fresno Bee.