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October 4, 2013: Former Charter School Operators Sentenced for Embezzlement of Public Funds, Other Crimes

Shiara Dávila-Morales, Media Chief
(213) 257-2000

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge today sentenced a former San Fernando Valley charter school operator to state prison for embezzling more than $200,000 in public funds and other crimes, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Judge Stephen Marcus of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center sentenced Yevgeny Selivanov, 41, also known as Eugene Selivanov, to four years, eight months in state prison. The defendant was remanded into custody at the hearing.

His co-defendant and wife, Tatyana Berkovich, 36, was sentenced to 45 days in county jail and was ordered to surrender at a later time. Berkovich additionally was sentenced to five years of formal probation and 320 hours of community service.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Sandi Roth and Dana Aratani.

Selivanov, the former executive director of Ivy Academia Charter School in the west San Fernando Valley, was sentenced today on 18 counts of embezzlement by a public officer, money laundering and tax fraud. Berkovich, the former school principal, was sentenced on one count of embezzlement.

Selivanov and Berkovich are scheduled to return to court Nov. 15 for a restitution hearing.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles Unified School District Office of Inspector General and the State of California Franchise Tax Board.