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Judge: D.C. nonprofit group illegally used funds meant for summer youth program

A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled that a District-based nonprofit group illegally diverted nearly $1 million that was to be used for a summer youth program but was instead used to pay the group’s executive director and accountant, officials with the District attorney general’s office announced Friday.

Judge Maurice A. Ross on Aug. 12 awarded summary judgement for $931,200 that the D.C. Council awarded to the Washington East of the River Academy for a 2009 summer youth program.

District prosecutors brought the case last year, charging that the organization’s former executive director, Dianna R. Robinson, and the group’s accountant, Darrell Johnson, and his firm, National Tax Pro, misused the funds that were earmarked for the summer youth program. At the time, the group’s full name was Washington East of the River Academy of Entrepreneurship, Arts, Life Skills, Technology and Health for Youth on the Rise.

After securing the grant, prosecutors said, the group submitted expenditure reports to the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation and then falsely reported the grant was being spent as part of the youth program.

“The Superior Court’s ruling reaffirms that those who receive grant funds from the District government must use the funds for their intended purpose, and must provide accurate and truthful reports of their spending,” Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said in a statement.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.



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