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LA school board president accused of campaign violations

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged the president of the Los Angeles Unified School District board and a relative with felonies and misdemeanors for alleging reimbursing nearly $25,000 to donors he claimed in a campaign filing form.

The district attorney's office says Board of Education President Refugio Rodriguez and a cousin were each charged Wednesday with one felony count of conspiracy to commit what is called assumed name contribution and 25 misdemeanor counts of assumed name contribution.

Rodriguez also faces one felony count each of perjury and procuring and offering a false or forged instrument. A message seeking comment was left at his office.

The charges involve his 2014 run for election to the board governing the nation's second-largest school district. He became board president this summer.

Both defendants face arraignment Wednesday afternoon.