There’s nothing Michelle Obama is more proud of from her time as First Lady than her infamous school lunch plan. That’s why it came as such bad news to her when it was that plan that just linker her to a major arrest.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that a Los Angeles food services director who was invited to the White House by Michelle personally to give his tips for getting kids to eat healthy was just arrested for stealing $65,000 in public funds. David Binkle, a chef who served as the director of food services for Los Angeles Unified School District until he was fired in 2015, has been charged with multiple counts of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest, forgery, and perjury.
Binkle travelled to the White House in 2014 to attend a nutrition round table with Michelle. While there, he bragged he had replaced chicken nuggets with edamame in L.A. school. Michelle liked Binkle so much that she had him post as a guest blogger on her Let’s Move website.
Real great judge of character, Michelle!
Just one year after Binkle visited the White House, he was fired after an inspector general investigation accused Binkle of misappropriating school funds. He reportedly used the $65,000 in school lunch funding that he stole to finance his private culinary consulting firm and a personal bank account.
While posting on Michelle’s website, Binkle whined about the life of elite millionaires living in Los Angeles.
“The city of Los Angeles is known all around the world for Hollywood, Beverly Hills, celebrities as well as glitz and glamour,” he wrote. “There are more than 125,000 millionaires and more than 20 billionaires in this city I now call home. But the reality is there is still a big discrepancy in quality of life between the elite and the majority of students I serve as food services director at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the country.”
He went on to praise Michelle’s school lunch plan.
“Today, we no longer serve items like flavored milk, chicken nuggets, tater tots, corn dogs, pizza, and nachos,” Binkle wrote. “Today, what we do serve are atypical ‘kid-friendly items’: edamame, jicama sticks, teriyaki chicken bowls, turkey and vegetarian burgers as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.”
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