Jury finds Albuquerque teacher guilty on embezzlement charges

Jury finds Albuquerque teacher guilty on embezzlement charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –  After deliberating, a jury finds a middle school teacher facing embezzlement charges guilty on all counts.

KRQE News 13 investigative reporter Larry Barker reported about about William Kalinowski in 2013.

He was charged with ten counts of fraud and embezzlement. Thursday in court, both sides presented closing arguments.

Kalinowski was a popular contractor, Santa Fe’s go-to guy for custom home building. But his award winning reputation soured after millions of dollars disappeared and construction projects were abandoned.

Some victims were cheated out of their life savings.

Despite the charges, Albuquerque Public Schools hired Kalinowski to teach at LBJ Middle School.

Kalinowski faces up to 82 years behind bars.

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