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Two Former Charter School Execs Plead Guilty to Embezzling School Funds. Philadelphia, PA , October 22, 2008

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2008-10-22.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.

OIG Investigative Reports, Two Former Charter School Execs Plead Guilty to Embezzling School Funds
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Contact: Patty Hartman
215-861-8525
For Immediate Release
October 22, 2008
U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
615 Chestnut Street
Suite 1250
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-4476
(215) 861-8200
Two Former Charter School Execs Plead Guilty to Embezzling School Funds
PHILADELPHIA - Martha Russell, 52, of Blue Bell, PA, and Viola Bush, 49, of Lansdale,
PA, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and alteration of records with the intent to impede the
proper administration of a matter within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Russell was the Chief Executive Officer of Raising Horizons Quest Charter School. Bush is
Russell’s sister and was Chief Financial Officer of the school. From 2003 to 2005, the two
defendants stole funds intended for the school and later attempted to hide their unlawful activities
while being audited by the Philadelphia School District in January 2006.
The defendants each face an advisory guidelines sentencing range of 10 to 16 months in
prison when sentenced on January 26, 2009.
This case was investigated by the United States Department of Education and is being
prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Morgan-Kelly.
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