Letters in Support of Charter School Founders, Eugene Selivanov and Tatyana Berkovich, Due Soon

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September 3, 2013 Eugene Selivanov and Tatyana Berkovich are seeking assistance from the charter school community as they face sentencing for their convictions. If you are interested in writing a letter of support to provide information about their character that will help the judge make a fair sentencing decision--such as probation instead of prison time--please contact legal@ccsa.org. We will provide you information about the content to include in the letter and where to send it. The letters should be sent by September 16 to be included in the defendants' motions. The sentencing decision may occur on October 4 if the court denies the motions for a new trial, which will also be heard on that day. CCSA will be supporting their motions for new trial by filing an amicus curiae brief.

By way of background, on April, 5 2013, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury convicted Eugene Selivanov of 24 felony accounts and Tatyana Berkovich of three felonies and five misdemeanors related to the use of charter school funds when they served as founders and former executive staff and board members of the Ivy Academia Charter School authorized by Los Angeles Unified School District. Prosecutors state Selivanov faces a maximum sentence of about 19 years and Berkovich about seven and a half years. Read the case overview.