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Indictment Grand Jury

Indictment Grand Jury

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IN
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SUP
REM
EC0URT0FT
II
EST
1\
TEO
FNE
'AI
Y0RK
COUNTY
OF
BRONX
THEPEOPLE
OF
THESTATE
OF
NEW
YORK
-against-
CLEMENT
1.
GARDNER,
Defendant.
INDICTMENT
#:
GRANDJURY
#:
41179
INTRODUCTION
Atalltimesrelevanttothisindictment:
1.
Christian
Community
BenevolentAssociation,Inc.(the"Association")
was
apublicly-funded
New
York
Statenot-for-profitcorporation,headquarteredin
Bronx
County.
The
purpose
of
theAssociationwastooffereducationalandrecreationalopportunitiestochildrenandseniorcitizensin
the
Bronx.2.Thedefendant.
CLEMENT
1.
GARDNER,
wasa"fiscalofficer"fortheAssociation.Asfiscal
offker,
GARDNER
managedthefinances
of
theAssociation.maintained
its
expense
records,
and
administereditsbankaccounts.
3.
From
on
oraboutJanuary
1,2004
to
onor
about
May
3,2007,
the
defendant
CLEMENT
1.
GARDNER
preparedand
executed
atleast
$75,000
inunauthorizedpaymentsto
himself
fromAssociationaccounts.
GARDNER
co-signedchecksassociated
with
thesepayments,devisedfalse
memo
linesforeachpaymenttoescapedetection.endorsedthecheckstohimself,andthencashedthesechecks
or
depositedthemintohispersonalbankaccount.2
 
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GRANDJURY
OF
THECOUNTY
OF
THE
BRONX.
BY
THISINDICTMENT.
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ACCUSESTHEDEFENDANT
OF
THECRIME
OF
GRANDLARCENYINTHESECONDDEGREE,
IN
VIOLATIONOFPENALLAW
§
155.40.COMMITTED
AS
FOLLOWS:THEDEFENDANT,
IN
BRONXCOUNTY.FROM
ON
ORABOUTJANUARY
I.
2004TO
ON
ORABOUTMAY
3,
2007.STOLEPROPERTYHAVINGAVALUE
IN
EXCESS
OF
FIFTYTHOUSANDDOLLARSFROMCHRISTIANCOMMUNITY.BENEVOLENTASSOCIATION,INC.,ANEW
YORK.
STATENOT-FOR-PROFITCORPORATION.ERIC
T.
SCHNEIDERMANNEWYORKSTATEATTORNEYGENERAL
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SUPREMECOURTOFTHESTATEOFNEWYORKCOUNTY
OF
BRONX:PARTATHEPEOPLEOFTHESTATEOF
NEW
YORK
INDICTMENTNO.:
-against-CLEMENT
1.
GARDNER,Defendant.
___________________
X
NOTICE
OF
INTENTIONTO
OFFER
AT
TRIAL
EVIDENCE
OF
STATEMENTMADEBY
THE
DEFENDANT
TO
APUBLICSERVANTPURSUANTTO
CPL
§
710.30
(1)
(a)
PLEASETAKEN
OTI
CE,
thatthePeopleintend
to
offerattrialoralstatements,reducedtowriting,madebythedefendant,
CLEMENT
I.
GARDNER,
toSpecialAgentBulletsW.Campbell
of
theFederalBureauofInvestigations,onMay
3,
2007,atapproximately7am,at
311
0KingsbridgeTerrace,Apt.1D,BronxCounty,NewYork.
The
s u ~ s t a n c e
of
thedefendant's
statements:HewashiredtoworkasabookkeeperatCCBABetancesSeniorCenter
on
November
7,
1994.HehasbeenpaidforworkingatChristianCommunityBenevolentAssociation(CCBA)since2005,butwasdoingunpaidworkforCCBAforacouple
of
yearsbeforethat.
At
CCBA,hemanagesthepayrolland[mancesformultiplesubprograms.CCBAisaparentorganizationthatoverseesavariety
of
sub-programs.ThesubprogramsareCCBABetancesSeniorCenter,CCBACasaBoricuaSeniorCenter,CCBASeniorTransportation,ProjectExcel,CCBAChildren'sServicesandtheHispanicClergyAssociation.HehasbeentakingmoneyfromCCBA.HewriteschecksfromtheCCBAbankaccountatBancoPopular
to
himself.Hethendepositsthechecksintohisbankaccountorcashesthechecks.Hehasbeendoingthisforthreeyearsandhasnotbeencaughtbytheauditors.Heclassifiesthechecksassomethingotherthanwhattheyare.Thechecksareforover$1,000andforlessthan$5,000andare
in
roundnumberincrements
of
money.HestarteddoingthisbecausehewasdoingworkforCCBAandwasn'tbeing
paid
forit.HissalaryatCCIAwascut
$1
0,000whenhewasn'tapproved
tobe
theAssistantDirector
of
Administration.
PLEASETAKENOTICE,
thatthePeopleintendtoofferattrialoralstatements,reducedto
,
writing,madebythedefendant,
CLEMENT
I.GARDNER,
toSpecialAgentBullets
W.
Campbell
of
theFederalBureauoflnvestigations,onMay3,2007,atapproximately6:30pm,at26FederalPlaza,
New
York,NewYork.
The
substance
ofthe
defendant's
statements:Hehasbeennervoussincehebecameaware
of
theFBIinvestigationbecausehefearedtheFBIwoulddiscoverthathehadbeenembezzlingmoneyfromCCBA.
In
total,heestimatedhehasstolenapproximately$75,000fromCCBA.Theaccounthestolefrom
is
fundedthroughfundraisinganddonations.Hewrotecheckstohimselfandcashedsome,
of
thechecksanddepositedsome
of
thechecksinhisBancoPopularbankaccountnumber9500145722.HetookthemoneyfromCCBAanduseditfornormallivingexpenses.Hedoesnothaveadrugoraicoholaddictionthatheissupportingwiththestolenmoney.Heispaidapproximately$46,000ayearbyChristianCommunityinAction(CCrA).Heispaidapproximately$20,000ayear
by
ChristianCommunityBenevolentAssociation(CCBA),buthasnotbeenpaidsinceDecember
of
2006becauseCCBAdoesnothaveanapprovedbudget.

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