(NEW YORK) Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the guilty plea of Van Holmes, a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds intended for public services in New York City. The joint investigation conducted by the Office of the Attorney General and the State Comptroller’s office, with assistance from the City Department of Investigation, revealed that Van R. Holmes — the president of the Young Leaders Institute, Inc. — stole more than $85,000 by creating dozens of false records and forged documents which he filed with State and City agencies in order to obtain public money.
Today, Holmes pleaded guilty and will serve six months in jail, concurrent with five years probation; he has also agreed to pay back $95,000 in restitution. Today’s plea was filed before Justice Chin-Brandt in Queens Supreme Court.
Attorney General Schneiderman and Comptroller DiNapoli issued the following joint statement in response to today’s plea:
“Defenders of government must also be its harshest critics, and it is crucial that we bring swift justice to anyone who betrays the public’s trust by abusing taxpayer funds. Today’s plea and sentencing are an appropriate punishment for the crimes committed against the taxpayers of New York and the children for whom these funds were intended. We thank the Department of Investigation, as well as staff in both the Attorney General’s and Comptroller’s offices, for their diligent work and a successful outcome in this case.”