Former Non-Profit Executive Pleads Guilty to Stealing Funds Intended to Help the Homeless
PHILADELPHIA—Nathaniel E. Robinson, 62, of Philadelphia, plead guilty today to using funds intended to help the homeless to pay for his own personal and living expenses. Robinson was the Chief Program Officer at SELF, Inc. He was charged with theft from a program receiving federal funds.
Between 2006 and 2010, Robinson used his corporate American Express credit card at SELF to charge personal expenses. The government alleges he stole approximately $154,050 and reimbursed a total of $2,594.30 before his employment was terminated. Robinson used the corporate American Express card to pay for trips to Alabama, including airfare, lodging, and restaurants; lodging in Orlando, Florida, and Philadelphia; car rentals; car repairs; admission tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure and Clementon Amusement Park; Amtrak tickets; purchases at Walmart and Filene’s Basement; and restaurant charges in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. Today, Robinson admitted that he stole at least $5,000 of SELF’s funds for personal use.
U.S. District Court Judge Berle M. Schiller scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 8, 2015. Robinson faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison, restitution, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
The case was investigated jointly by the FBI and the Philadelphia Office of the Inspector General, and was initiated by a tip to the Inspector General’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Grigsby.