April 29, 2015
The former executive director of a Philadelphia nonprofit organization has been charged with wire fraud in a scheme to defraud the organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania revealed Wednesday in a statement.
The indictment states that Rodnell Griffin, 67, executive director of the Hunting Park Neighborhood Advising Committee, withdrew more than $85,000 from bank accounts to pay for personal expenses. Those withdrawals allegedly cost the organization more than $5,300 in fees and charges.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania would not confirm that the Hunting Park NAC was the organization allegedly embezzled by Griffin. The Hunting Park NAC said they are aware of the charges, but have not been formally informed of the indictment.
If convicted, Griffin faces up to 37 months in prison. In addition, he might be forced to pay restitution to the organization and three years of supervised release.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Abrams. A court date has not yet been set.