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Former Non-Profit Executive Sentenced For Stealing Funds Intended To Help The Homeless

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA - Nathaniel E. Robinson, 62, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for stealing funds from SELF, Inc., a non-profit that helps the homeless.  Robinson was the Chief Program Officer at SELF, Inc.  He pleaded guilty on March 12, 2015 to theft from a program receiving federal funds.


Between 2006 and 2010, Robinson used his corporate American Express credit card at SELF to charge personal expenses in the amount of approximately $154,050.  He reimbursed a total of $2,594.30 before his employment was terminated.  Robinson used the corporate American Express card to pay for trips to Alabama, including airfare, lodging, and restaurants; lodging in Orlando, Florida, and the Philadelphia area; car rentals; car repairs; admission tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure and Clementon Amusement Park; Amtrak tickets; purchases at Walmart and Filene’s Basement; and restaurant charges in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD.


In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Berle M. Schiller ordered restitution in the amount of $151,455, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.


The case was investigated jointly by the FBI and the Philadelphia Office of the Inspector General, and was initiated by a tip to the Inspector General’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Grigsby.

Updated July 20, 2015

Public Corruption