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December 13, 2021: Ex-Saugus High School Principal Charged With Perjury, Conflict of Interest

Greg Risling, Assistant Chief
(213) 257-2000

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a former Saugus High School principal has been charged with perjury and conflict of interest in connection with helping establish a student exchange program in China.

“Those who break the law by putting their own best interest before the people they are supposed to serve will be held accountable for their actions,” District Attorney Gascón said.

William Bolde (dob 4/29/56) was charged in case BA501560 with one felony count each of perjury and conflict of interest. The case was filed for warrant on December 9.

He is expected to be arraigned on January 12 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Bolde helped set up a student exchange program with a high school in Gaoxin, China as well as creating a nonprofit organization to administer the program. He is charged with having a conflict of interest because he was still principal at Saugus High School while he had an employment agreement with the nonprofit.

Bolde also is charged with lying on disclosure forms.

The case remains under investigation by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, Public Integrity Unit.