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October 23, 2014

Heads of Drug-Rehab Nonprofit Charged With Stealing Millions

The father-and-son operators of a New York City drug-treatment charity were indicted Wednesday on charges of using the largely government-funded organization to steal millions of dollars, the New York Daily News and Long Island Press report.

Alan Brand, 64, served as executive director of Narco Freedom, which runs rehab facilities across the city. Jason Brand, 35, worked as a manager for the Bronx-based nonprofit. Prosecutors said they defrauded an insurance company out of $3.5-million by filing a false claim in 2009 for storm damage to a Brooklyn building that housed one of their centers.

Alan Brand was also accused of taking $13,000 a month in kickbacks from a property developer that rented buildings to Narco Freedom, which receives more than $40-million a year in Medicaid and New York State funds. Investigators moved to seize luxury cars and Long Island and Florida real estate they said were fruits of the alleged scams. The Brands pleaded not guilty to insurance fraud and other charges.