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December 14, 2012

Charity Leader Accused of Spending N.Y. State Funds on Herself

The leader of the Baychester Youth Council in the Bronx diverted state money meant to help children for personal use, according to The New York Post.

Earnestine Russell, executive director of the charity—who was once hailed by Volvo as one of “America’s Greatest Hometown Heroes”—is accused of submitting $250,000 of questionable expenses, according to a New York state audit.

Ms. Russell “used public money to buy two televisions and a Blu-ray home theater at the expense of children in need,” said New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, adding that he turned over his office’s findings to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office for possible criminal prosecution. Ms. Russell, citing counsel from her lawyer, declined to comment.