Ex-Patterson Administrators Plead Guilty to Embezzling Over $1 Million in School Funds
From 2018 to 2022, former Patterson Joint Unified Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Menge and his hand-picked information technology officer stole over $1 million in school funds. They used the cash for home remodels, electronics, watches, a sports car, cryptocurrency, and more.
Menge and his accomplice, Eric Drabert, fessed up to the charges Thursday in a Sacramento court. They could face up to 10 years in prison plus $250,000 in restitution.
The funds were embezzled in myriad ways. According to prosecutors, Menge set up a fake company with a phony executive, which then conducted business with the district. Menge overbilled and double-billed for services, some of which were never rendered.
Menge also sold himself a school-owned vehicle at a low price and then resold the vehicle for profit. He kept in his possession another school van that the district had planned to loan out to a community college. Google Earth images captured the van sitting on Menge’s property.
The disgraced former officials are due to be sentenced on May 30.