I-Team: Defendant agrees to plea deal in CCSD theft case - 8 News NOW

I-Team: Defendant agrees to plea deal in CCSD theft case

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LAS VEGAS -- A suspect in the theft of nearly $300,000 from the Clark County School District has been bound over to District Court, where he has agreed to plead guilty.

The I-Team broke the theft story back in March.

Police say money and merchandise were stolen from a program run by former school district administrator Priscilla Rocha.

On Friday, Manuel Ramirez waived his preliminary hearing in Justice Court. He has agreed to plead guilty in District Court to a single count of theft. He also agreed to testify against Rocha and four other defendants.

Ramirez worked for Rocha in a program to provide classes to adults with limited English skills. Police say he acted as an informal information technology person and bought all sorts of electronic gear.

Among other things, Ramirez is accused of buying and installing a system of surveillance cameras for one of Rocha's co-defendants, Andres Mendoza.

Mendoza didn't work for the school district but worked with Rocha through LULAC, a Latin political and service organization.

In exchange for his plea, and cooperation, Ramirez hopes to get probation. He is expected to enter his guilty plea on Sept. 10, when he makes his first appearance in District Court.

He is free on his own recognizance. Rocha and the other defendants are also free pending their trials. Those trials are slated to begin next spring.

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