Ex-Officer of 2 Bronx Nonprofits Pleads Guilty

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

The former fiscal officer of two taxpayer-funded Bronx charities has pleaded guilty to embezzling about $560,000 over an eight-year period.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the plea Thursday by a former worker, a resident of the Bronx, who pled guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree.

“The defendant used two publicly funded Bronx organizations like his personal piggy bank, diverting more than a half million dollars earmarked for services for needy New Yorkers in just over eight years,” Attorney General Schneiderman said, adding that his office had “zero tolerance for those who abuse the public trust for personal gain.”

The related nonprofits are the Christian Community Benevolent Association (CCBA) and Christian Community in Action (CCIA). Gardner served as fiscal officer for both.  CCBA provides recreational and educational opportunities to Bronx children and seniors. CCIA received Medicaid funding to provide home health services to the needy.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the former fiscal officer will be sentenced on March 20, 2013 to two to six years in state prison.