OIG Investigative Reports, Press Release: Philadelphia, PA December 15, 2009 - Former Board President Sentenced in Charter School Fraud Case Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Report FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2009 U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Eastern District of Pennsylvania 615 Chestnut Street Suite 1250 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-4476 Contact: (215) 861-8200 Former Board President Sentenced in Charter School Fraud Case. PHILADELPHIA—Rosemary DiLacqua, 51, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for honest services mail fraud committed while she was board president for the Philadelphia Academy Charter School (“PACS”), announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy. DiLacqua accepted a total of approximately $34,000 in payments from codefendant Kevin O’Shea, the former CEO of PACS, and another former school official that she did not disclose on her mandatory statement of financial interest form or to the other board members. After receiving these undisclosed payments, DiLacqua approved a series of salary increases for O’Shea and also a 20-year consulting contract for the other former school official that would have paid him in excess of $100,000 annually for no more than 90 days of consulting each year. When O’Shea left PACS the following Spring (May 2008), he was earning in excess of $200,000 in salary from PACS. DiLacqua pleaded guilty to the charge in July 2009. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo C. Robreno ordered DiLacqua to pay a fine in the amount of $10,000 and to pay a special assessment of $100. Co-defendant Kevin O’Shea was sentenced, in October, to 37 months in prison and $900,000 restitution. This case was investigated by the United States Department of Education Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Inspector General assisted in the investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Derek A. Cohen. Top Printable view Last Modified: 12/16/2009 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Board President Sentenced in Charter School Fraud Case. Philadelphia, PA., December 15, 2009
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2009-12-15.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.