Grand Jury seeks probe of donation
“If untrue, the testimonies given by Dr. Homer Cissell and Mr. Rex Branum that Mr. Branum donated the $21,000 from the J. Robinson Intensive Camps to the foundation misled the 2005-2006 Grand Jury and impeded the progress of its investigation.”
Cissell and Branum did not return calls seeking comment for this story.
In a letter to Mark Geiger, senior assistant attorney general, the Grand Jury wrote, “ … the Grand Jury has determined that the $21,000 check which was deposited into the Lassen College Foundation account by Dr. Cissell and claimed to be a donation from Rex Branum was intended by J. Robinson Intensive Camps to be payment for the ‘final housing and food services to LCC’ for Camp 2002.”
According to the Grand Jury, the $21,000 check was deposited into the foundation’s account at the direction of the college’s former president.
The Grand Jury reported Branum testified, “The check was written from Robinson because I didn’t want to put it on my taxes and it was written to the foundation, to the Lassen College Wrestling and I allowed it to go into the foundation.”
The J. Robinson Intensive Camp was held at LCC and the company paid the college for food and lodging and tuition.
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