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August 01, 2014

Ex-Execs at Homelessness Charity Charged With $350,000 Theft

Two former leaders at a Philadelphia nonprofit serving the city's homeless were charged Thursday with bilking more than $350,000 from the charity to fund travel, shopping sprees, and other personal luxuries, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Erica N. Brown, 38, and Nathaniel E. Robinson, 62, were the chief operating officer and chief program officer, respectively, at SELF Inc., which operates nine homeless shelters. Both were fired in 2010, according to the charity's chairman, former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode.

SELF receives millions of dollars annually in city, state, and federal funding. Federal prosecutors said Ms. Brown and Mr. Robinson charged personal expenses to a corporate credit card. Both have maintained that they reimbursed the charity, but authorities said they have given back far less than they spent.