Friday, November 7, 2014

Another $11 Million Charity Fraud

by Gary Snyder

Federal prosecutors say the former chief financial officer of two nonprofit health clinics for the poor and homeless—Birmingham (AL) Health Care and the Central Alabama Comprehensive Health Inc.-- has been indicted in a scheme to defraud the agencies and the government, which provided most of their funding. 

She and her co-conspirators helped steal roughly $11 million in federal grant money and other property from the agencies. (source). She illegally received $1.7 million for herself, the indictment said. 

The indictment seeks more than $900,000 seized from accounts in her name as well as money and other assets totaling the $11 million estimate of the fraud. 

This is serious with these maximum penalties: 1. mail and wire fraud, 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; 2. money laundering (counts 56-68), 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, or twice the value of the property involved; 3. money laundering (counts 69-74) involving criminally derived property valued at more than $10,000, 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; 4. aggravated identity theft, mandatory two years in prison added to any sentence imposed for the underlying felony and a $250,000 fine; 5. filing a false tax return, three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

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