2 charged with defrauding Philly charter school

July 2, 2009 5:01:18 AM PDT
The former chief executive and former board chairwoman of a Philadelphia charter school have been charged with mail fraud and honest services fraud.

The charges were filed in federal court Wednesday against 50-year-old Kevin O'Shea and 51-year-old Rosemary DiLacqua. Both were involved with the Philadelphia Academy Charter School along with Brien Gardiner, who killed himself March 13.

Among other allegations, prosecutors say O'Shea and someone identified only as "BG" - apparently Gardiner - made about $34,000 in undisclosed payments to DiLacqua. Prosecutors say DiLacqua approved a series of raises for O'Shea and BG and a lucrative consulting contract for BG while she received the money.

Defense lawyer Peter Hardy says O'Shea has been cooperating with authorties in the investigation and plans to plead guilty. DiLacqua's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A man who answered the phone at a number listed for DiLacqua hung up on a reporter.

On the Net: http://www.philadelphiaacademy.org/pacs/

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