Queens nonprofit head stole government grant money: authorities

queens
The executive director of a Queens nonprofit was arrested and charged with stealing some $373,000 in government grants between 2006 and 2013.
Credit: Thinkstock

The executive director of a Queens nonprofit was arrested and charged with stealing some $373,000 in government grants between 2006 and 2013.

Dr. Dorothy Ogundu, the founder of Angeldocs Inc., allegedly used the nonprofit to siphon the money from city, state and federal grants meant for capital improvements and programs, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday.

“City, state and federal funds intended to serve New Yorkers in need should not be used to line the pockets of people running charities,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Angeldocs was reportedly a health clinic for the poor, but State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in statement that Ogundu really deprived needy New Yorkers thousands of dollars in aid.

Ogundu is charged with stealing a portion of 12 government grants awarded to Angeldocs by filing false reimbursement requests and making false statements to various agencies.

Authorities said that Ogundu used the money to pay the mortgage on a commercial property she owned as well as to make improvements to the property. She also allegedly used grant money to make purchases for her nonprofit and personal benefit and to ship vehicles to and from Nigeria, where she is from.

Authorities said Ogundu said some of the money would be used to build a kitchen at the charity, among other improvements.

Ogundu turned herself in to police Thursday and pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and forgery, among other charges. She was released on her own recognizance.

Gary Farrell, her attorney, would not comment on the charges but said that she does “excellent work as a physician” and helps people.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter @AnnaESanders



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy - U.S.…

By Curtis Skinner(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.Dogs are capable…

Local

G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.

International

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

Local

Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

Where to go drinking on National Tequila Day…

Thursday is just close enough to the end of the week to make you envision yourself already sunning on a beach towel or lounging by…

Going Out

Things to do in NYC this week: July…

Performing arts A 70’s Summer Night Friday, 6:30 p.m. The Green Building 452 Union St., Gowanus $35, 347-529-6473 Party like it’s summer in the 1970s…

Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

Rooting out the exotic amid the New York City bar scene is noble quest. But if you’d like to have it all come to you,…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

MLB

Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.

Sports

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

Food

Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to…

Education

Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…

Career

How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…

Style

The shirtdress is a summer must-have

  We love throwing on our boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of jeans (no matter how much he grumbles that it’s his turn to wear the…