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Former Executive Director of Private School Sentenced to Prison for Defauding Federal Meal Program

August 12, 2011

United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced that Henry E. Tyler (age: 39), formerly of Milwaukee, was sentenced today to 18 months imprisonment following his conviction for operating a mail fraud scheme. Specifically, Tyler embezzled more than $160,000 of federal money earmarked to provide low-income children attending L.E.A.D.E.R. Institute, a private school in Milwaukee, with free breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Federal District Court Judge Lynn Adelman also ordered Tyler to pay restitution to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, which administered the federal program in Wisconsin.

Tyler was the founder and Executive Director of L.E.A.D.E.R. Institute from 2003 until its closing in February 2006. The school was located at 2200 N. Martin Luther King Drive, in Milwaukee.

As to the sentence, United States Attorney Santelle stated, “Public assistance to disadvantaged children is a nonrenewable resource. This is especially true in these times of funding cuts at both the state and federal level. This office remains committed to prosecuting aggressively those who steal federal funds meant to assist the least fortunate among us.”

The investigation was conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Internal Revenue Service with assistance from the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph R. Wall.

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