Theft from at-risk kids group
The former executive director of Residental Youth Services, a non-profit that serves abused and neglected children, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for stealing more than $530,000 from the organization, federal authorities in Virginia said.
Caesar Adigwe, 54, of Maryland, served as director of the Virginia-based group from October 2004 to April 2008, authorities said. In April, he admitted in court that he secretly opened a bank account in name of Residential Youth Services and depoisted nearly $350,000 of charitable contributions in it. He then used the money for mortgage payments, college tuition for his own children and travel.
In addition, Adigwe used an RYS credit card to pay for personal expenses, and opened lines of credit in the organization's name to buy laptop computers, authorities said.
Agidwe in April pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to charges including mail fraud, authorities said.
-- Maria Glod
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