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Maryland Man Sentenced 37 months for stealing $530,000 from Non-Profit serving At-Risk Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Caesar Adigwe, 54, of Maryland, was sentenced to 37 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing more than $530,000 from Residential Youth Services (RYS), a Virginia-based non-profit serving abused, neglected and at-risk children in the Washington, D.C., area. He was also ordered to pay $530,231 in restitution.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Rebecca A. Sparkman, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation’s Washington, D.C., Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge James C. Cacheris. 

            On April 22, 2010, Adigwe pled guilty to a two-count criminal information charging him with mail fraud and the willful failure to collect and pay over taxes. In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Adigwe admitted to serving as the executive director of RYS from October 2004 to April 2008.  He opened an account in the name of RYS, though RYS had not authorized and was not aware of the account, and deposited nearly $350,000 of the charitable contributions given to RYS into it.  He then used these embezzled charitable contributions for his own benefit, including to make mortgage payments, pay college tuition for his children, and fund his own personal travel.  In addition, Adigwe used an RYS credit card to pay other personal expenses and opened lines of credit in the name of RYS which he used to purchase laptop computers. The total amount by which Adigwe defrauded RYS is approximately $530,231.

            Adigwe also admitted that, while serving as executive director of RYS, he failed to pay over the required employment taxes withheld from RYS employees for the quarters ending September 2006 through September 2007.  The tax loss resulting from this offense is approximately $85,000.  

            This case was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Ed Power is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

 

 

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