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August 27, 2015

4th Ex-Official at N.Y. Priest's Charity Takes Plea in Inquiry

A former leader of a New York clergyman's social-service nonprofit pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of filing misleading paperwork with state officials, the Times Union of Albany writes.

A lawyer for Jackie Gentile, ex-chief operating officer of Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment, said she would serve 20 weekends in jail under a proposed plea deal.

Ms. Gentile, a 29-year veteran of the charity, was arrested last year on more serious charges, including larceny, amid an investigation by the state attorney general's office into misappropriation of state money by employees of the Rev. Peter Young's Albany-based nonprofit network. She is the fourth ex-official with the group, which provides services for the homeless and substance abusers at scores of sites across the state, to plead guilty in connection with the investigation.

Ms. Gentile admitted filing reports with the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services that claimed grant funds were being used for a drug-treatment center in Brooklyn when the money actually went to two upstate programs. Defense attorney Andrew Safranko said Ms. Gentile "didn't take one penny from the organization" and that the funds involved went toward its mission.