Looks as if this story is starting to get a bit of attention by the MSM. Today the New York Sun has an interview with Jeannette Graves, President of the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club:
The top executive at a Bronx youth organization said yesterday that the former director of Air America Radio received more than $800,000 in loans for himself and the radio network from the nonprofit organization while serving as its development director.
Some of the transfers, according to the president of the Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club organization’s executive committee, Jeannette Graves, occurred when the development director, Evan Montvel Cohen, who for a time served simultaneously as the liberal radio network’s director, appealed to the organization for two loans worth $35,000. Another member of the executive committee said Mr. Cohen told the executive director of the organization that he needed the money to pay for chemotherapy for himself and other medical expenses for his ill father.
Ms. Graves said that Mr. Cohen also received another $213,000 loan for Air America in a check that was approved without her authorization and stamped with an imprint of her signature, and that the club wired more than $400,000 to him without her knowledge.
Ok, so now you have some possible real crimes here including Fraud, Wire Fraud, & Forgery by Mr. Cohen.
The article also states the following:
Gloria Wise received personal checks in various amounts from Mr. Cohen to pay back some of the loans, but Ms. Graves said the checks did not clear. The executive committee dismissed him when members learned of some of his actions, according to another member of the executive committee, John Rose.
Let’s see…writing bad checks, yup sounds about right.
Ms. Graves said Air America has agreed in writing to pay back the full amount of more than $800,000 in installments over the next two years. It is unclear whether the funds allegedly obtained from Gloria Wise were ultimately received or spent by Air America.
Only after this investigation started and the resulting blogswarm have they agreed to pay back the money. Are Al & Jeanne donating any of their paychecks to these kids? How much you wanna bet they havn’t?
As a commentor on Captain’s Quarters suggested, we need to get some new bumper stickers to replace the Haliburton one’s the left loves so dearly….
Air America, For The Children.
Still no sign of the NYT yet, what a surprise.
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