Peninsula school official Timothy Hanretty gets two years for fraud, embezzlement 

click to enlarge Timothy Hanretty was convicted presenting fraudulent paperwork to receive a $2.6 million loan instead of the $600,000 specified by the school district, using the extra money to renovate his home. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Timothy Hanretty was convicted presenting fraudulent paperwork to receive a $2.6 million loan instead of the $600,000 specified by the school district, using the extra money to renovate his home.

A former official for two San Mateo County school districts who used public funds to pay for his own home renovations was sentenced Monday to two years in state prison.

Timothy Hanretty had worked for both the Woodside and Portola Valley school districts. He pleaded no contest to felony charges of misappropriating public funds and forgery.

Hanretty had been tasked with securing a $600,000 loan to renovate an athletic field in the Woodside School District in 2007. He presented fraudulent paperwork and instead received a $2.6 million loan on behalf of the school board and used it to fund unapproved school projects.

After his arrest in 2011, the Portola Valley School District discovered that Hanretty had embezzled more than $100,000 from its solar panel fund to pay for renovations to his home.

On Monday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said he was “ecstatic” about the sentence.

“He’s going to look great in that orange jumpsuit,” Wagstaffe said of Hanretty.

Hanretty recently paid full restitution to the Portola Valley district, Wagstaffe said, but there is still a dispute about how much is owed to the Woodside district.

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