A former Luther Burbank School District trustee convicted of violating conflict-of-interest laws has been ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service.
Antonio Perez, 43, was sentenced by Judge David Cena on Thursday after pleading no contest to awarding more than $5 million in contracts to a construction company he worked for on other projects.
He is banned from holding public office for four years.
Perez also could be ordered at his July restitution hearing to compensate the school district, Santa Clara County prosecutor John Chase said. Some district representatives told the court Thursday they want him to pay back about $160,000 in medical benefits he received during his eight-year tenure as a trustee.
Under the plea deal, Perez was convicted on three misdemeanor counts. He faced a maximum of six months in county jail and a $10,000 fine.
A woodworker, Perez voted to award more than $5 million in contracts to Blach Construction, which had hired him as a subcontractor for unrelated projects on three occasions.
Although Perez didn't stand to benefit directly from the school construction contracts, his prior income of about $163,000 from the company gave him a prohibited financial interest in the decisions to award the contracts.
Perez couldn't be reached for comment.
Contact Tracey Kaplan at (408) 278-3482.