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Harlem Exec and Wife Get Prison Time for Stealing From Senior Meals Program

Insaidoo and his wife Roxanna Pearson are accused of taking nearly $1 million in taxpayer dollars meant to feed seniors to pay for their mortgage, bills and a luxury car, according to the U.S. Attorney.
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NEW YORK — The executive director of a nonprofit that feeds seniors was sentenced Wednesday for diverting city funding to pay for a Long Island home, a luxury sedan, and the couple’s utility bills.

Kwame Insaidoo, the former executive director of the United Block Association, received a four-year term for embezzlement, money laundering and defrauding their mortgage lender. His wife, Roxanna Insaidoo. received to two-and-a-half years

“The defendants’ greedy and callous actions of stealing from senior sand City taxpayers will now be repaid with prison time,” Commissioner of the city’s Department of Investigations, Mark Peters, said.

Prosecutors said Insiadoo authorized transfers of thousands of dollars of city funds from UBA’s accounts to himself, his wife, the couple’s son and a shell corporation named Allied Home Care. The money used to pay for a Long Island home, a car, and personal utilities. 

The couple was arrested and charged in 2016, after the DOI issued a report that the Department for the Aging kept giving the United Block Association taxpayer dollars.

DOI’s report concluded that the agency only had two staff members responsible for conducting hundreds of audits and that Insaidoo exploited that fact.

Since the report was released last year, the Department for the Aging agreed to implement all of DOI’s recommendations.

United Block Association’s 2014 tax filings shows that 89 percent of their total revenue came from the government. That year, 37 percent of their expenses paid salaries and wages while only 25 percent paid for food for seniors.

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