LBUSD Wins $2.6M in Gibson Case
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 12
By Chris Eftychiou
LBUSD Wins $2.6 Million Judgment in Gibson Case The Long Beach Unified School District has won a $2.6 million judgment in its case against Wanetta Gibson, who made a false rape accusation against fellow student Brian Banks while the two attended Poly High School in 2002.
Banks was convicted and served more than five years in prison. But Gibson eventually recanted her claim regarding the alleged incident at Poly, leading to Banks* exoneration.
The Los Angeles Superior Court judgment in favor of the school district includes $750,000 that LBUSD paid to settle the case with Gibson. The judgment also includes attorney*s fees, interest and $1 million in punitive damages.
*The court recognizes that our school district was a victim in this
case,* said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. *This judgment demonstrates that when people attempt to defraud our school system, they will feel the full force of the law.*
Though Gibson remains in hiding, the ruling allows LBUSD to recoup the judgment amount from her future wages and property.