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A project management company that had a contract to upgrade Beverly Hills Unified facilities is entitled to up to $22.7 million in damages because a former superintendent used fraud to get the firm’s agreement canceled, with the complicity of the school board, an attorney told a jury today.

In his final argument to a Los Angeles Superior Court jury hearing trial of Strategic Concepts’ lawsuit against the BHUSD, lawyer Philip Kaufler said former schools chief Jerry Gross was a salesman for a competing company, TELACU, and wanted the $334 million building improvement project the plaintiff was overseeing transferred to his firm.

“Her business came crashing down due to a corrupt superintendent, Jerry Gross, and an arrogant and complicit school board,” Kaufler said.

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