Education

ED Contractor Convicted of Fraud

September 10, 2014
By Stephanie West

The former owner of a Queens-based special education provider, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges earlier this year following a joint investigation by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara, was sentenced  to 24 months incarceration and ordered to pay $2,151,318 in restitution and forfeit another $1,924,318.

“Cheon Park enriched himself and deprived children with physical, developmental and emotional disabilities of the help they need,” DiNapoli said. “His conviction stands as a warning for those who attempt to cheat taxpayers and instead use the money for their personal benefit.”  

In July 2012, DiNapoli’s office issued an audit of Bilingual SEIT & Preschool Inc. that found Park inappropriately charged New York City’s Department of Education for salaries, vehicle leases, furniture and other items. There were also a number of questionable issues related to staff salaries.

DiNapoli referred the findings to United States Attorney Bharara’s office and worked to prosecute Park and recover the stolen funds. 

September 10, 2014

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