Ex-Tech Official Gets Jail in School Theft

The former technology chief of the Los Gatos (CA) Union School District received a four-month jail sentence and ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution for stealing district computer equipment.

Darcy Jacques "D.J." LaForge also was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service and serve five years on probation after completing his sentence in the county jail. LaForge pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft of personal property.

An investigation found that LaForge, who owns a computer consulting company, received $55,000 from ApnaNetwork, a reseller of Cisco technology, from February 2004 to September 2005. Those dates coincided with times in which many Cisco switches disappeared from the school district, police said. From August 2004 to August 2006, at least $300,000 worth of technology equipment disappeared from the K-8 district.