Monday, December 10, 2012

They Cheated Students and Got A Slap On The Wrist


        By Gary Snyder
       
        The founder of Educational Housing Services, a nonprofit group, that has rented affordable apartments to a generation of New York City college students siphoned millions of dollars from the agency through a shell company, using the group’s money to fly back and forth to a second home in Aspen, Colo., and to pay for a luxury penthouse in Brooklyn, an investigation by the state attorney general’s office has found.   
          
       The board was also faulted for approving Mr. Scott’s salary: $718,032 in 2010 and as much as $1.4 million in 2007, amounts the attorney general called excessive. The board members were found to have received exorbitant salaries, and some had inflated consulting contracts from the company as well. 
       
       The founder of Educational Housing Services, along with his wife, and the group’s board of directors, agreed to a $5.5 million settlement to resolve the inquiry, the attorney general’s office. The five-member board agreed to resign and pay $1 million from their personal funds. They were barred from ever serving on the board of a New York charity. (NYT)


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