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April 06, 2016

Nonprofit Leader Allegedly Attacked in Embezzlement Cover-Up

A New York City charity's former bookkeeper was indicted Tuesday for what authorities allege was a $750,000 theft and a chemical attack on the organization's leader aimed at covering it up, reports The New York Times.

Prosecutors said the Rev. Alexandra Dyer, executive director of the Healing Arts Initiative, suffered severe burns and needed multiple surgeries after being doused in the face with a caustic drain cleaner outside her office last August. The Queens-based charity provides education and arts programs for people limited by health, age, or income. Ms. Dyer, who had been recently hired, noticed money was missing and called a meeting to discuss the matter, which authorities said precipitated the assault.

The bookkeeper, Kim Williams, 47, was charged with assault, grand larceny, and conspiracy. According to prosecutors, she created bank accounts under phony names to funnel more than $600,000 from the charity to herself and $150,000 to a friend, Pia Louallen, 41, who was also arrested. A third suspect, Jerry Mohammed, 32, is accused of perpetrating the chemical attack at Ms. Williams's behest.