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November 25, 2014

Head of N.Y. Korean Charity Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case

The president of a New York nonprofit serving Korean-Americans has admitted to stealing from the group's elderly clients by charging them for advice on Medicaid and Social Security and taking payments for false promises to secure them placements in a city affordable-housing program, the Associated Press reports.

Ock Chul Ha of Fort Lee, N.J., pleaded guilty to charges of grand larceny, fraud, and tax fraud and faces one to three years in prison under an agreement with state authorities. Sentencing is scheduled for March. In a criminal complaint filed last May, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Mr. Ha, 37, fraudulently collected $780,000 from dozens of clients of the Korean Social Service Center, which will be shut down.