Former Obama White House adviser pleads guilty to wire fraud

A former White House adviser to a former president obamaBarack Hussein Obama’s disastrous 48 hoursJoe Biden Biden selects Sarah Bloom Raskin, two others for Fed board Romney says it would be ‘crazy’ for RNC to block nominees from committee debates MORE pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Friday in an alleged scheme to steal $218,000 from a school network he helped create.

“Seth Andrew, a former White House adviser, today admitted to having devised a scheme to rob the same schools he helped create,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, said. in a press release. “Andrew now faces federal prison time for abusing his position and stealing from those he promised to help.

The 42-year-old founded Democracy Prep Public Schools in New York in 2005 and left to work for the Department of Education (DOE) in 2013.

After his time at the DOE, he worked at the Obama White House as a senior adviser in the Office of Educational Technology, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Following his work in the White House in 2017, he officially cut ties with the charter school system he helped create.

According to the DOJ, public democracy preparatory schools were each required to maintain “escrow accounts” that were only to be accessed in the event of the school’s dissolution. Andrew, the statement said, gained access to those accounts and closed them when he left the school system. He then placed the money in different accounts that the department called “fraud” accounts.

Andrew pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, the statement said. He will be sentenced on April 14.

When Andrew was arrested last April, prosecutors said he was using some of the stolen funds “to save money on a mortgage for a multimillion-dollar apartment in Manhattan.”

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