July 20, 2015

Former Non-Profit Executive Sentenced for Stealing Funds Intended to Help the Homeless

PHILADELPHIA—Nathaniel E. Robinson, 62, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for stealing funds from SELF, Inc., a non-profit that helps the homeless. Robinson was the Chief Program Officer at SELF, Inc. He pleaded guilty on March 12, 2015 to 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 in the amount of approximately $154,050. He 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 the Philadelphia area; 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.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Berle M. Schiller ordered restitution in the amount of $151,455, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Grigsby.