David Binkle, who advised Michelle Obama on her school lunch program that caused millions of students to throw food away, is charged with 15 felony count, including embezzlement!
The Los Angeles Unified School District serves nearly 700,000 meals per day. David Binkle also helped lead a charge that saw vegetarian curries, pad Thai noodles and quinoa salads replace old lunch staples like chicken nuggets and corn dogs. And you wonder why the kids began tossing it all in the trash?
In reality, they were overcharging, overbilling, and under-delivering, with the food turning out to be basically slop. It probably didn’t help that it was public employee unions executing the mess. Of course the food turned out to be inedible and detested. Little kids just don’t lie about these things. Binkle illegally funneled roughly $65,000 of the district’s money into a private consulting firm he ran, then placed some of that money into his own pocket. He appeared in court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to 15 felony counts including embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds. He posted $220,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court in October.
“While recognizing that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, the charges against Mr. Binkle are extremely upsetting as they do not reflect the professionalism, ethics and character we expect of all L.A. Unified employees,” the school district said in a statement. According to court documents, Binkle repeatedly misappropriated district funds in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 between 2010 and 2014. Prosecutors also allege that he forged an application to become a vendor with the district and failed to disclose outside financial interests.
If convicted, he faces up to 13 years in prison. In November 2014, a scathing report from the district’s Office of the Inspector General accused him of failing to disclose his ownership of an outside culinary consulting firm. They failed to report payments from vendors to attend school nutrition conferences. His firm, California Culinary Consulting, presented “at minimum an appearance of a conflict of interest,” the audit said. And the marketing program was “being mismanaged and at worst being consistently abused” by Binkle, according to the audit.
A month later, the district placed Binkle on unpaid leave. At the time, he was making an annual salary of $152,000.
The American Thinker takes it all to the basic reality of Michelle Obama’s hideous lunch program:
It goes to show that the Obama food reform micromanagement plan was nothing but a Democrat enrichment scheme to jack up prices through fat-shaming and to wrest control of how children eat from their parents. Is it disgusting? Across the board. And does Michelle Obama own this Chicago-style politics scheme? She sure does.
Look for more of this to shake out as corruption scandals come rolling out about the true nature of that scheme.
Most important, school children HATED the lunch program, throwing millions of dollars of food in the trash.
Kids around the country were even tweeting rather unfortunate pictures of the meals they were being served at lunchtime They ‘thanked’ the former first lady for their bowls of mush and mystery proteins.
The lunch tweets carried the not-so-subtle #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag. They were being sent out at a rate of 40 per minute at one point!