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Founder Of Several Philadelphia Charter Schools Charged In $6M Fraud Scheme

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Dorothy June Brown, 75, has been charged with defrauding three Philadelphia-area charter schools out of approximately $6.5 million.

Brown, along with four current and former charter school executives were charged in a 62-count indictment.  The four execs are charged with conspiring with Brown to obstruct justice.

Brown allegedly used her private management companies, Cynwyd and AcademicQuest to defraud Agora Charter Cyber School and Planet Abacus Charter School.  She is also charged with defrauding Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages.  She founded Agora in 2005, Abacus is 2007 and Laboratory in 1997.

 According to the extensive indictment, fraudulent contract payments totaling more that $5.6 million dollars were made between Agora and Cynwyd.   It goes on to say that Brown also allegedly made up documents, falsified board meeting minutes and fabricated contracts.  

She allegedly rewarded others to join in her conspiracy by rewarding them with prominent positions within the schools.   She is also charged with wire fraud.

The charges of wire fraud, obstruction of justice and witness tampering each carry a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison.  The charges of conspiracy each carry a maximum possible sentence of 5 years in prison. 


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