October 26, 2015
By Tara Jessup
New York, NY – A nonprofit executive that pocketed $300,000 in public funds has been convicted. A jury convicted Dorothy Ogundu on 29 counts, including Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, and she faces up to 15 years in prison.
Ogundu engaged in a scheme to defraud New York City and State using her not-for-profit corporation. Angeldocs, Inc. received government grants and Ogundu stole a portion of each by filing fraudulent requests for reimbursement and making false statements to government agencies. Ogundu used the money she stole for personal purchases. “Ms. Ogundu let her publicly-funded clinic gather dust while she stole $300,000 in government grants, buying vehicles to ship to Nigeria," said State Comptroller Thomas P.DiNapoli.
"By teaming up, our joint anti-corruption task force was able to expose her crimes and work to convict her of this shameful thievery.”Ogundu received two types of government grants for Angeldocs: program grants to support Angeldocs programs and capital grants to improve the Angeldocs facility.
Ogundu falsely claimed that she spent grant funds on expenses related to various Angeldocs programs and diverted nearly all of the program grant funds to pay the mortgage and utilities on a commercial building she owned through a holding company. Ogundu also received kickbacks from contractors. “The conviction sends a clear message: if you use taxpayer funds to line your own pocket, you will face serious consequences,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.