The former executive administrator of a Milwaukee voucher school has been charged with five counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. If convicted, the 39-year-old man could face several years in prison for the federal charges even with the expert defense of a west palm beach criminal defense attorney.
The man was the former head of L.E.A.D.E.R. Institute. The school was part of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, which assisted lower-income families in the area with publicly funded vouchers to send their children to private schools. According to Wisconsin state records, L.E.A.D.E.R. received more than $1 million from the Department of Public Instruction during a two-year period. The school was later declared insolvent and was thrown out of the state’s program in 2006.
According to the indictment release on Tuesday, the ex-leader had taken advantage of the federal food program by misreporting the number of students that needed subsidized school lunches. The man billed the program for 372 students “when in fact the total was much less.” It is not known at this time how many students actually required subsidized lunches. It is alleged that he man received $196,000 from the fraud.