Long Island prosecutors have charged a nonprofit in the region with duping scores of high school students into doing what amounted to unpaid work selling concessions at major entertainment and sports venues, the Associated Press and Newsday write. Authorities said the Herron Foundation promised teens from low-income communities $9 an hour to work at concerts and games in New York and other cities during the summers of 2013 and 2014 but paid them little or nothing.
The Lindenhurst, N.Y.-based group, which purports to assist at-risk youth, is also accused of scamming national concessions firm Aramark, which gave it more than $100,000. Prosecutors said Aramark believed the foundation was supplying volunteer workers under a company program that steers a share of concession income to charities that run stands. Whelton Herron, the foundation's president, and Amadii Owens, a former employee, pleaded not guilty to grand larceny, conspiracy, and other charges.