By Allen Payton
The latest court hearing in the Contra Costa District Attorney’s case against Contra Costa County School Board Member Jeff Belle, over a lie on his ballot his statement in 2014, was held on Monday, October 17th. However, according to Deputy D.A. Steve Moawad, “it was put over” and “the next court date is December 15th.”
At that hearing, Belle will have to either change his plea from not guilty or the judge will set a date for trial, Moawad explained.
Belle was charged with lying on his candidate’s statement in his campaign for school board in 2014, for writing that he had a college degree, when he had not yet obtained one. That fact was revealed in an interview with this reporter for an article posted on the Antioch Herald website.
If convicted, the maximum penalty for lying on a ballot statement is a fine of $1,000.
Belle represents Area 5 on the county school board, which includes Bethel Island, Clyde, Knightsen, Oakley, and parts of Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, and Pittsburg