The Rev. Mark Olds, who gained a national reputation for helping ex-cons, is headed back to prison himself after a jury found him guilty Wednesday of stealing $1.4 million from the state.
The jury in U.S. District Court needed less than four hours to convict Olds on all 62 counts, including mail fraud, money laundering and tax charges.
The minister at Second Ebeneezer Baptist Church lied about the number of students enrolled at the Cleveland Academy of Math, Science and Technology, a charter school he started in 2002.
Olds claimed he had up to 650 students when he never had more than 150, Assistant U.S. Attorney Arturo Hernandez said. That resulted in an overpayment of $1.4 million from the state. . . .
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Ohio Charter Founder Gets the Orange Jumpsuit
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
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