Don’t falsely accuse someone of rape, get compensated for it, recant your statement and then expect a school district not to come for the money they gave you. Wanetta Gibson, the woman who accused Brian Banks of rape, is learning this the hard way.
The Long Beach Unified School District is attempting to recoup what it can from a settlement it paid to Gibson in the wake of a false rape accusation she made against a promising football star, Brian Banks, in 2002.
“It is important to convey that the school board isn’t going to sit idly by if someone tries to defraud it of taxpayer resources,” said district spokesman Chris Etfychiou.
Unfortunately, lawyers from the school district can’t seem to locate Gibson. Gibson was awarded the settlement in 2007, after she said a lack of security led to her being raped by fellow student Banks.
Gibson later recanted the rape claim on tape, paving the way for Banks’ exoneration of the charge – however he had already served more than five years in prison.
That recantation also paved the way for the school district to seek recompense. The district has retained the law firm McCune and Harber and has alleged in a civil suit Gibson committed contractual fraud.
No one knows exactly how much the school district paid Gibson. Some sources are reporting that she received $1.5 million.
Eftychiou said recently that, “The school district’s settlement agreement in this case is confidential, but we can confirm that the amount the media reported was grossly exaggerated. The school district did not pay Gibson $1.5 million. “
Whatever the amount the school district paid her, it’ll be interesting to know how much she actually has left.