OIG Investigative Reports, Prepared Table Charter School Officials Indicted 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 Reports U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas News Release Michael T. Shelby * U.S. Attorney FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 01, 2004 Contact: John Yembrick Public Affairs Specialist P. O. Box 61129 Houston, TX 77208 Phone: 713/567-9388 Fax: 713/718-3389 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org PREPARED TABLE CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICIALS INDICTED Contact AUSA: Melissa Annis Phone: 713/567-9736 (HOUSTON, TX) United States Attorney Michael Shelby announced the indictment of four Prepared Table Charter School officials and employees for their role in a scheme to embezzle millions of dollars in federal funds secured through grants and state programs to the school and laundering the proceeds. Harold W. Wilcox, 52, Louvicy Wilcox, 51, Anthony Mosley, 42, and Roshall Frank, 32, all of Houston, Texas, have been named in various counts in a 26 count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on June 29, 2004, and unsealed today. All four defendants were arrested this morning at their residences by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and appeared in federal court this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley. Following the appearance of the defendants in federal court today, United States Attorney Michael Shelby said, "Today's indictment alleges that the defendants defrauded the taxpayers of Texas and the United States in a deliberate, methodical and significant way. We intend to use every tool federal law provides to protect the nation's treasury from this kind of calculated plunder." The indictment charges the defendants with embezzling and obtaining by fraud federal and State of Texas money allocated to the Prepared Table Charter School for the educational and nutritional needs of children, during the three years of the schools existence. In July 1998, Harold Wilcox applied to the State of Texas for a charter to run the school and serve as the Chief Administrator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Prepared Table Charter School. Wilcox's wife, Louvicy Wilcox, worked in the administrative offices of the school approving expenditures and assisted in the running of the school's operations. Her daughter, Roshall Frank, worked in the school's attendance reporting office. Anthony Mosley, the brother of Harold Wilcox, ran the food services at the school. According to allegations contained in the 26 count indictment, Prepared Table Charter School received millions of dollars in federal funds under various programs and grants of the Department of Education. They also received federal funds through the Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The defendants made claims for reimbursement under these federal programs after posing as an independent contractor with whom the School contracted to cater meals for the school. The defendants had checks issued in the name of this alleged catering service and then deposited the checks into the church bank account. The defendants are also charged with misrepresenting the attendance figures for the school to the Texas Education Agency and fraudulently obtaining approximately $3 million from the State of Texas, which provided funding to the School, based upon those attendance figures. Harold Wilcox and Anthony Mosley are ministers of the Greater Progressive Baptist Church and are accused of using the tax exempt status of the church to further their unlawful activity. The indictment charges the defendants with utilizing their positions in the school to obtain money by fraud, and with attempting to hide and disguise the true source of the misappropriated money by depositing the money into a church bank account. They are further charged with depositing this money into the church bank account with the intent to evade federal taxes. Once the misappropriated money was deposited into the church bank account, Harold Wilcox is accused of withdrawing cash from the account in amounts below $10,000 to avoid the requirement that the bank file a Currency Transaction Report on any cash transaction involving over $10,000. The indictment charges all four defendants with conspiracy to commit wire and program fraud (Count 1), and three counts (Counts 2 - 4) of wire fraud involving a total of approximately $1.7 million, allegedly occurring between December 1999 and April 2001. Harold Wilcox is charged in three counts (Counts 5 - 7) with program fraud involving the transfer of more than $70,000 in school funds to the Church in August 2000, and January and February 2002. Harold Wilcox, his wife, Louvicy Wilcox, and Anthony Q. Mosley are accused of conspiring with one another to launder the money obtained by fraud for the purpose of concealing the source of the money and to evade taxes (Count 8). In furtherance of the conspiracy, Harold Wilcox is charged with four specific counts (Counts 9 - 12) of laundering approximately $97,000 in school fund between January and September 2000. Anthony Mosley is charged with six counts (Counts 13 - 18) of laundering an approximate total of $181,000 in school funds between April and June of 2002. The final eight counts of the indictment (Counts 19 - 26) accuse Harold Wilcox of structuring multiple financial transactions with money allegedly obtained by fraud to avoid reporting requirements during eight short intervals of time between September 1999 and March 2001. The indictment also includes a number of forfeiture counts providing notice to all defendants of the government's intent to forfeit $3.3 million, the real estate property and all improvements located at 20 Thornhill Oaks, and 9100 Tidwell, and all the amounts alleged in each of the counts of the indictment. The indictment alleges that Harold Wilcox used approximately $51,000 in school funds for a down payment toward the purchase of the residence at 20 Thornhill Oaks, Houston, Texas. Both the Thornhill Oaks and Tidwell properties are titled in the name of Harold W. Wilcox. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, Department of Education Office of Inspector General with the invaluable assistance of the Texas Education Agency. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melissa Annis. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 03/03/2005 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... 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Prepared Table Charter School Officials Indicted. Houston, TX, July 1, 2004
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2004-07-01.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.