American River College instructor quits after pleading guilty to fraud against tribe

American River College business instructor Gregory Scott Baker resigned last week after pleading guilty Nov. 5 to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiring to commit money laundering and filing a false tax return.

The college accepted his resignation, which will be effective Dec. 18, said Ryan Cox, associate vice chancellor of human resources for the Los Rios Community College District.

Despite being under a federal indictment for fraud, Baker continued to teach classes at American River College until his plea agreement earlier this month, when he was put on paid administrative leave. Although Baker was initially removed from the classroom in 2012, he was allowed to return in 2013 with a reduced course load that eventually returned to full time, Cox said.