Fired Poway Superintendent facing felony charges

Fired Poway Superintendent facing felony charges”

The former superintendent of the Poway schools, fired past year after auditors said he pocketed thousands in excess pay, now faces five felony charges.

Voice of San Diego, which has extensively covered the district's financial problems, reported Monday that a complaint against former superintendent John Collins was filed last week by the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

Collins attorney did not respond to 10News request for a comment, but in the past, Collins denied engaging in conduct that was dishonest.

If convicted on all charges, Collins could serve over seven years in prison, a DA spokesman said.

The Poway Unified School Board voted unanimously to fire Superintendent Collins in July. The school district also declined to comment on the criminal charges.

At the time he was sacked, Collins was the highest paid school superintendent in the county, earning $308,900 per year, with total compensation of $457,347 including extra pay, benefits and retirement.

Collins will be arraigned on Thursday at the downtown courthouse.

Collins also faces a civil lawsuit to recover the district's funds.

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