New York Charity Chief Admits Stealing Allocated Funds

The head of a Queens youth charity pleaded guilty Tuesday to pilfering $85,000 in taxpayer funds steered to the organization by New York state and city lawmakers, community newspaper group TimesLedger reports.

One week after his arrest, Young Leaders Institute President Van Holmes admitted to one count of grand larceny and was sentenced to six months in jail. He has agreed to pay $95,000 in restitution, state officials said.

From 2007 to 2010 the institute received some $80,000 in grants sponsored by then-state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who pleaded guilty earlier this year in two separate nonprofit fraud cases. Mr. Holmes’ group also received discretionary grants from several New York City Council members, ostensibly for after-school programs.

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