DOJ Charges Former Obama Adviser For Stealing $218K From A Charter School He Founded

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The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced charges filed against former Obama White House adviser Seth Andrew for stealing $218,000 from a charter school he founded. According to prosecutors, Andrew used the funds to lower his interest rate on a luxury apartment in Manhattan. Prosecutors claim Andrew established “School Network-1,” a series of New York City-based charter schools, in 2005. He left the post in 2013 to work in the Obama administration’s Department of Education and later as a senior adviser in the Office of Educational Technology at the White House. Between the spring of 2013 and January 2017, Andrew allegedly received a paycheck from School Network-1. He left his post at the White House in November 2016 and ended his relationship with School Network-1 the following January. Prosecutors claim Andrew pulled funds out of two escrow accounts designed to be emptied only if School Network-1 dissolved. Despite that, prosecutors say Andrew closed two out of the three escrow accounts – without any preauthorization – in March of 2019. When he cashed those escrow accounts, he was provided with two checks, prosecutors say.

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