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Charge: Charity Funds Diverted To Air America [two Gloria Wise Community Center executives indicted]
WCBSTV.COM ^ | Oct 5, 2006

Posted on 10/06/2006 12:59:00 PM PDT by John Jorsett

Two former executives at a government-funded youth organization whose finances were scrutinized after it diverted money to the liberal radio network Air America were charged Thursday with misappropriating $1.2 million of the non-profit's funds.

Charles Rosen, a former executive director at the Gloria Wise Community Center, and his former assistant director, Jeffrey Aulenbach, face charges of grand larceny and obstructing governmental administration. Rosen was also charged with forgery.

New York City's Department of Investigation, which investigated the nonprofit for two years, said the men improperly took more than $290,000 from the organization for their personal use, on top of their already unusually large salaries.

The money -- described in the non-profit's books as business expenses -- went to pay for home renovations and furnishings and new cars, among other things, according to a Department of Investigation report released Thursday.

City investigators said the pair also improperly transferred $875,000 to Air America, which was co-founded by one of Gloria Wise's executives.

At the time, the Gloria Wise center ran a school and youth programs in the Bronx, and was affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but most of its money came from government grants and contracts.

The public disclosure of the club's "loan" to Air America prompted heavy criticism and charges of hypocrisy from conservative commentators in 2005.

Air America blamed the transaction on its former chairman, Evan Montvel-Cohen, who was ousted in 2004 amid questions over the validity of his investments in the network.

The radio network has since repaid the money. Under a recent agreement, the bulk of it was returned to New York City agencies. Some was returned to the Gloria Wise organization, which reorganized, took on new management and continues to operate a nursery school program.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airamerica; americahaters; bushhaters; corruption; dirtyrats; dncbrownshirts; embezzlement; erramerica; fraud; goebbelswouldbeproud; leftwinghateradio; radicalleftists; taxdollarsatwork; taxfraud; terrorcharities; theft; youpayforthis

1 posted on 10/06/2006 12:59:03 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: John Jorsett
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2 posted on 10/06/2006 12:59:30 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: John Jorsett
OK, somebody post the schaedenfreud (sp?) thing.

So Rush uses Viagra and Air Amerika steals from children!!

3 posted on 10/06/2006 1:02:25 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Liberals would let Mark Foley be a Boy Scout leader.)
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To: John Jorsett

What do you wanna bet that Airhead Amerika is going to blame all this on the "FReepers"?

Five, four, three, two, one...


4 posted on 10/06/2006 1:02:36 PM PDT by YoungAmerican84
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To: John Jorsett

Nothing to see here, folks, let's move on.


5 posted on 10/06/2006 1:03:01 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: John Jorsett

When can we expect to see Al Franken "frog-marched" out of the AAR studios?


6 posted on 10/06/2006 1:03:38 PM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: John Jorsett
Criminality and 'progressive' activism are common companions.
7 posted on 10/06/2006 1:03:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: mozarky2
A liberal of my acquaintance is still convinced that Air America is on financially sound footing and that it is gaining listeners daily.

Can you say "delusional?"

8 posted on 10/06/2006 1:04:37 PM PDT by kellynch ("Our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves." -- Bernard Baruch)
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To: John Jorsett

Good. Rosen is a particularly vile and thuggish individual.


9 posted on 10/06/2006 1:04:53 PM PDT by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: YoungAmerican84
What do you wanna bet that Airhead Amerika is going to blame all this on the "FReepers"?

Nah. They've already done the "mistakes were made" thing. I always like that argument, since it makes it sound like mistakes (aka in non-PC speak, 'crimes') make themselves.

10 posted on 10/06/2006 1:05:04 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Michael.SF.
From poor, inner-city children.
11 posted on 10/06/2006 1:05:58 PM PDT by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: John Jorsett

To misappropriate charity money is inconscionable. Only the Mafia has the cojones to make such a grab of taxpayer money, though. Air America found suitable stable mates. Jail time all around, and pass me the consiguleri.


12 posted on 10/06/2006 1:09:15 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: YoungAmerican84

"It's the FREEPERS fault, it's the FREEPERS fault! Where's my gumbo?"

13 posted on 10/06/2006 1:13:25 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Enterprise

Wow! I never knew that Carville and Gollum were siblings!


14 posted on 10/06/2006 1:16:03 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: John Jorsett
The thievery of Air America begins with their name.
15 posted on 10/06/2006 1:17:09 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: wideawake

I remember the days when a story like this would be front page news, but, the MSM (including FOX) has sexual fantasies of perverted gay love and it is a non-news item.


16 posted on 10/06/2006 1:20:42 PM PDT by moonman (`)
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To: John Jorsett

Actually, Gollum is merely Carville without the makeup.


17 posted on 10/06/2006 1:21:28 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: John Jorsett; All
Here's the NYT article and the accompanying FR thread on this matter:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;s=City%20Finds%20Widespread%20Fraud%20at%20a%20Bronx%20Charity%20

The WCBSTV article says Rosen and Auelenbach were "charged" with various felonies yesterday. According to the NYT, however,

Yesterday, Charles Rosen, 63, the executive director of Gloria Wise from 1993 to 2005, and Jeffrey Aulenbach, 46, the former deputy director for operations at the charity, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in the Bronx to grand larceny and obstruction of government administration.

and

Mr. Rosen and Mr. Aulenbach agreed to make restitution of $38,575 and $32,363, respectively, and to pay a $5,000 fine each, according to the state attorney general’s office, which prosecuted the case. The plea agreement, entered before Justice John N. Byrne, bars them from working at a nonprofit group for three years.

If the NYT account is right, they aren't doing any jail time at all for this massive fraud and each is paying fines and restitution of less than half the amount he stole. The DemonRats really do a great job of taking care of their own. This same kind of thing, on a massive scale, is what we'll get if the DemonRats win the '06 election.

18 posted on 10/06/2006 1:23:56 PM PDT by libstripper (!!)
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To: moonman
"I remember the days when a story like this would be front page news, but, the MSM (including FOX) has sexual fantasies of perverted gay love and it is a non-news item."

Even competing against a Republican gay-sex scandal, this would be front-page news if it involved illegal contributions to Rush Limbaugh or some other conservative talk-show host.
19 posted on 10/06/2006 1:25:24 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: gcruse

It looks like they aren't going to get any jail time at all and will only receive modest fines and restitution that add up to well under half of what they stole. Please see my post at No. 18. It's disgusting.


20 posted on 10/06/2006 1:26:37 PM PDT by libstripper (!!)
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To: kellynch
"A liberal of my acquaintance is still convinced..."

Did you mean to write, "A liberal aquaintance of mine..."?

21 posted on 10/06/2006 1:27:09 PM PDT by jackibutterfly (.)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

"most of its money came from government grants"

I want to see them serve jailtime. They are as crooked as the Enron execs.

Meanwhile the media is not trumpting this story as they are Hastert's involvement in "Foleygate".


22 posted on 10/06/2006 1:28:10 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: libstripper
"Mr. Rosen and Mr. Aulenbach agreed to make restitution of $38,575 and $32,363, respectively, and to pay a $5,000 fine each, according to the state attorney general’s office . . . "

Since they stole $290,000 for their personal use alone, the result of their crime is that they turned a tidy profit of about $209,000, for which they received no jail time. This is a travesty of justice.
23 posted on 10/06/2006 1:30:34 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Michael.SF.

No schaedenfreud (sp?) at all. These two creeps apparemntly were allowed to cop a sweetheart plea deal that apparently immunizes them from other NY state charges, no jail time, and lets them off with total fines and restitution of less than half of what they stole. See my post at No. 18. The DemonRats are really taking care of their own.


24 posted on 10/06/2006 1:31:11 PM PDT by libstripper (!!)
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To: John Jorsett
The radio network has since repaid the money.

Uh-huh.

Under a recent agreement, the bulk of it was returned to New York City agencies.

Another source of plunder was located so more unionized bureaucrats could buy fur coats, Cartier jewelry and condos in the Hamptons.

Some was returned to the Gloria Wise organization, which reorganized, took on new management and continues to operate a nursery school program.

They moved the deck chairs around, put new thieves in charge and then re-opened the buffet for their liberal friends. I wonder if they're still gundecking the kids' vaccination records?

25 posted on 10/06/2006 1:35:33 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: Steve_Seattle

agreed!


26 posted on 10/06/2006 1:37:48 PM PDT by moonman (`)
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To: Steve_Seattle

Exactly. NY AG Spitzer had to do something about this so he put together a sweetheart deal that allows these two pieces of human waste to keep most of the profits of their crimes and probably immunizes them from further state prosecution. It would be nice for the Feebies to step in and really take them to the cleaners here and include Spitzer in the investigation, but the "new tone" that's emanated from the Bush WH all these years causes me to believe such real justice will come just a little after pigs start to fly without the aid of airplanes.


27 posted on 10/06/2006 1:38:23 PM PDT by libstripper (!!)
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To: CFC__VRWC
"I wonder if they're still gundecking the kids' vaccination records?"

Okay, please explain gundecking in this context.
28 posted on 10/06/2006 1:39:23 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: John Jorsett

What did Al Franken know?
And when did he know it?


29 posted on 10/06/2006 1:41:08 PM PDT by VOA
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To: John Jorsett

I'm hoping that Rosen gets Bubba for a roomie in jail.


30 posted on 10/06/2006 1:41:49 PM PDT by JoeGar
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Gundecking is a Navy term for falsifying records, usually on required maintenance. One of the charges against the Gloria Wise day care was that they were faking vaccination records for their kids, claiming that the kids had received shots they never got.


31 posted on 10/06/2006 1:42:46 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: libstripper

Steal $290,000, pay back $81,000 in fines and restitution, and keep $209,000, no jail time - nice work, if you can get it. Someone should notify O'Reilly or Hannity about this.


32 posted on 10/06/2006 1:42:48 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: John Jorsett

33 posted on 10/06/2006 1:42:50 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (There's a fine, fine line between a stoat and a sporkweasel.)
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To: Steve_Seattle

And I'll bet they never pay back one dime of the money.


34 posted on 10/06/2006 1:44:06 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: CFC__VRWC
Thank you, very good explanation.
35 posted on 10/06/2006 1:47:24 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: weegee
"most of its money came from government grants" I want to see them serve jailtime. They are as crooked as the Enron execs.

Meanwhile the media is not trumpting this story as they are Hastert's involvement in "Foleygate".

ABC, CBS, CNN, and PBS aren't there looking into this? I'm stunned. But then again if Rush or Hannity had done the same - stealing and all - they woudn't cover that either, right? There's no double standard, right?

36 posted on 10/06/2006 2:09:43 PM PDT by GOPJ (Quickest way to put the Foley scandal behind us is for Foley to switch parties - BufordP)
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To: kellynch

Can you say "dissolution"? Air America.
Yes and I can say "savant", that should be the name for Air America because that is who is running it.
George Soros made his millions on such deals as Air America
has pulled on this charity.


37 posted on 10/06/2006 2:11:18 PM PDT by buck61
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To: John Jorsett
Two former executives at a government-funded youth organization whose finances were scrutinized after it diverted money to the liberal radio network Air America were charged Thursday with misappropriating $1.2 million of the non-profit's funds.

Jay Leno, Jon Steward, David Letterman - here's a great story.... Anyone out there? anyone? Crickets off in the distance...

38 posted on 10/06/2006 2:11:34 PM PDT by GOPJ (Quickest way to put the Foley scandal behind us is for Foley to switch parties - BufordP)
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I'd love to see proof that it really was repaid...I'd bet that the reporter was just told that it was, and that was good enough...no need to verify that fraudulently stolen money was ever repaid...right?


39 posted on 10/06/2006 2:15:13 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: John Jorsett

Frankenstein is being paid by ill-gotten gains.....does he pay it back??? HA!!


40 posted on 10/06/2006 2:51:37 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: John Jorsett
"Wow! I never knew that Carville and Gollum were siblings!"


Yea, Gollum was the pretty one of the two.:-)
41 posted on 10/06/2006 3:04:14 PM PDT by a02001
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To: a02001

From a political point of view, this is good because it proves no one is listening so they need to go to extreme needs to survive, but from a humanity standpoint, well......


42 posted on 10/06/2006 3:41:48 PM PDT by sachem longrifle (proud member of the fond Du lac band of the Ojibwa people)
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To: John Jorsett

So much for charity collection companies.


43 posted on 10/06/2006 4:13:07 PM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: onedoug

You are right about that.Was the only govt agency to turn a profit.


44 posted on 10/06/2006 5:02:07 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: John Jorsett

"Nah. They've already done the "mistakes were made" thing. I always like that argument, since it makes it sound like mistakes (aka in non-PC speak, 'crimes') make themselves."

T. Dalrymple who writes for Nat. Review speaks of dealing with killers in prison who always say "The knife went in." when speaking of their crimes. Love it.


45 posted on 10/06/2006 5:29:58 PM PDT by RayStacy
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To: John Jorsett
Al Franken is a finacial pedophile, he screwed all those kids by stealing their money.
46 posted on 10/06/2006 7:27:23 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: kellynch
Ask the lib why they're losing stations, even in libtopian places like Santa Cruz;

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1713694/posts
47 posted on 10/06/2006 7:38:52 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
You need to make your tagline into a T-shirt.

Cheers!

48 posted on 10/06/2006 8:30:19 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
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To: John Jorsett

Pity. Gollum got all the brains and the looks.


49 posted on 10/06/2006 11:14:31 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (To the enemy in Iraq..."Don't bet on American politics forcing my hand!" President Bush)
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