By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia charter school operator has admitted to misusing more than a half-million dollars intended for his school.READ MORE: Police: Body Found In Ocean Off New Jersey Identified As Man Missing For 4 Days
Hugh Clark, 65, the former board chairman at the New Media Technology Charter School, pleaded guilty in federal court to 28 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, and theft.
Assistant US attorney Joan Burnes says $522,000 in taxpayer money was meant to be used for the students of the school in Germantown.READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: As Halloween Approaches, Remember Not All Dogs Will Enjoy Wearing Costumes
“Instead, defendant Clark and his co-conspirator funneled that money to Lotus Academy, a private school that he controlled, as well as the Black Olive health food store, the Black Olive Restaurant, and Tekhen Enterprises, which is another company he controlled,” Burnes tells KYW Newsradio.
Ina Walker, the school’s former CEO, pleaded guilty in January to the same charges (see previous story). The school has cut its ties with both Clark and Walker.
Sentencing is set for July. Clark is free on bail. He had no comment after the guilty plea.MORE NEWS: AIDS Walk Philly, Region's Largest HIV Awareness Event, Underway At Art Museum