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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Friday, July 22, 2016

Former South Street Headhouse District Board Chairman Charged With Illegally Using District Funds

Daniel Christensen, 42, of Philadelphia, PA was charged today by Information1 with one count of wire fraud in connection with a scheme that defrauded the South Street Headhouse District (“SSHD”) while he was Chairman of the Board, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

Daniel Christensen, who owned and operated Copabanana and Redwood, illegally withdrew funds from various SSHD accounts to use to float his own business accounts.  During the course of the scheme, from approximately November 2014 to June 2015, Christensen withdrew approximately $1.4 million from SSHD accounts which were subsequently replaced.

If convicted, the defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, restitution, a period of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a possible fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chun Barry.


1An Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Financial Fraud
Updated July 22, 2016