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Release No. 06-075

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2006
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FORMER DIRECTOR OF A.C. GREEN YOUTH FOUNDATION SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLEMENT


Los Angeles, CA - A former San Fernando Valley resident has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $300,000 from the A.C. Green Youth Foundation, a children's charity created by the former Los Angeles Lakers power forward.

Daren Lynne Tyger, 47, who resided in Tarzana at the time of the offense and now lives in Austin, Texas, was sentenced Monday afternoon in federal court in Los Angeles. In October 2005, Tyger pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud.

Tyger was sentenced by United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson, who denied Tyger's request for a lesser sentence because her acts had a "devastating effect" on the charity. During the sentencing hearing, AC Green addressed the court, asking for a heavy sentence in order to punish Tyger's conduct.

Tyger served as the executive director of the Foundation in 1995 and 1996. During that time, she used Foundation checks to pay her personal creditors, including paying credit card bills and buying a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for her late husband.

The charity survived the embezzlement and continues to serve the community by providing leadership basketball camps in the Western United States.

The case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles.

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