Former education advocacy nonprofit pleads not guilty to embezzlement charges

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The former president of a nonprofit that serves as the advocacy arm for all of the school districts in Riverside County pleaded not guilty Monday to embezzlement and other charges stemming from the alleged theft of $40,000 from business accounts to pay personal expenses. William Clarence Newberry, 59, previous head of the Riverside County School Boards Association, was charged in June with the embezzlement count, as well as misappropriation of funds and two counts of grand theft. Jesus Holguin took over as acting president of the RCSBA this summer, according to the California School Boards Association. Newberry, who is free on a $40,000 bond, was arraigned before Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 30 at the Riverside
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