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Seth Andrew, a former advisor in the White House under President Barack Obama, has been arrested for a scheme to steal $218,005 from a charter school network he founded, according to federal authorities.
Andrew has been charged with wire fraud, money laundering, and giving false statements to a financial institution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the party responsible for prosecuting the case.
Andrew, who helped create Democracy Prep Public Schools, is set to appear in Manhattan federal court Tuesday. Democrat Prep operated schools in Harlem in New York City, and in Camden, New Jersey.
“As alleged, Seth Andrew abused his position as a founder of a charter school network to steal from the very same schools he helped create,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.
“Andrew is not only alleged to have stolen the schools’ money but also to have used the stolen funds to obtain a savings on a mortgage for a multimillion-dollar Manhattan apartment,” Strauss added.
Prior to serving as a senior advisor in the Office of Educational Technology at the White House under Obama, Andrew had accepted a job in the U.S. Department of Education in 2013.
As reported by CNBC, “Andrew is accused of ripping off the charter schools network in 2019, two years after severing ties from the network, by drawing funds from escrow accounts he had set up years before.”
Andrew allegedly benefited from a lower interest rate on his $1.776 million mortgage by using stolen funds to maintain a large deposit in the bank that was giving him a loan to buy a $2.37 million home in New York.
According to Democracy Prep’s website, the groups mission is “to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.”
[VIDEO] Actress Jurnee Smollett Plays Race Card in Call to ‘Free Jussie’ — ‘Stop Locking Up Our People’
Jussie Smollett’s sister, actress Jurnee Smollett, is calling for Cook County to “#FreeJussie” following her brother’s sentencing Thursday, telling her followers they should advocate for his release — because of disparate incarceration between black and white Americans — even if they believe he is guilty.
Jurnee Smollett’s call for Cook County to “#FreeJussie” comes after her brother was sentenced to 150 days in jail for staging a fake hate crime against himself in January 2019.
“Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly five times the rate of White Americans,” she wrote in her Instagram caption. “Jussie is innocent. And… you don’t have to believe in his innocence to believe he should be free.”
The actress included the hashtags “Free Jussie” and “Stop Locking Up Our People.”
In January 2019, Smollett had claimed he was physically attacked by two men wearing red hats who put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him, and shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him, before eventually yelling, “This is MAGA country!” in reference to former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.
On Thursday, Judge James Linn sentenced Smollett to 150 days in jail, 30 months of probation, restitution of $120,106, and a fine of $25,000.
“You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be a victim of a hate crime,” Judge Linn told Smollett during Thursday’s sentencing, adding that the actor’s “very name has become an adverb for ‘lying.’”
“Your performance on the witness stand, this can only be described as pure perjury,” the judge added. “You committed hour upon hour upon hour of pure perjury.”
Smollett is now a convicted felon.
The actor repeatedly shouted, “I am not suicidal, and I am innocent” as he was being hauled off to jail on Thursday.
On Saturday, Smollett’s brother Jocqui Smollett reported that the actor has been placed in a psych ward at the Cook County jail.
Wisconsin Waiter Shot in the Face by Two Women After Forgetting Their Hamburger
Two women in Wisconsin have been charged with first-degree intentional homicide after shooting a restaurant server in the face after he forgot to bring one of the hamburgers they ordered.
Bryanna Johnson and Breanta Johnson, both 20 years old, were in a group of four at a George Webb restaurant in Wauwatosa. This group was being “impatient and rude”, according to one of the restaurant staff members.
One of the women in the group was even asked to leave, which she did but only for a brief period of time before returning to the establishment. Later, while the group of women was up by the register, one of them punched their 26-year-old server in the face, then proceeded to pull out a handgun and shot the victim in the face while he was lying on the ground.
The victim, who was, fortunately, able to survive the gunshot wound, told the police that the altercation was a result of the women’s order missing a hamburger. Apparently, that’s what this man’s life was worth to these women. A single hamburger.
Bryanna and Breanta Johnson’s bond is set at $100,000 and are scheduled to appear in court for preliminary hearings on February 15.
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