Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Politico Used Nonprofits To Steal Over $350,000 of Taxpayer Funds

by Gary Snyder

Neil S. Rodgers, a 30-year city government veteran, former D.C. Council aide, and director of the council’s Parks and Recreation Committee was convicted by a federal grand jury for diverting more than $100,000 in taxpayer funds.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle A. Zamarin told jurors that “Neil Rodgers stole taxpayers’ money meant for children to pay for a party for adults.” Rodgers facilitated a plan to divert funds that taxpayers designated for childhood drug and alcohol prevention programs.

Thomas pleaded guilty in January 2012 to stealing more than $350,000 by earmarking taxpayer money for children’s causes and then steering the money through nonprofit groups into his pocket. His chief of staff and four leaders of three nonprofit organizations — have pleaded guilty to their roles in concealing or aiding in the schemes. (source

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