The longtime head of the state’s only homeless shelter with an almost entirely Spanish-speaking staff is expected to plead guilty on Wednesday to charges of embezzling $1.5 million from the organization he founded there ago. 30, then lying under oath to cover up his personal affair.
Manuel Duran’s expected guilty plea will end a tragic chapter for Casa Nueva Vida, which was absorbed into another organization after allegations against Duran surfaced last year and the state cut funding. Duran, prosecutors say, had defrauded the charity for nearly a decade and they charged him with four counts of perjury, three counts of theft over $1,200 and two counts of false entries. company books.
“Duran abused the power entrusted to him to enrich himself, without the knowledge of CNV’s funding sources, its board of directors and those who relied on CNV and its services,” the attorney general wrote. Deputy Mindy Klenoff in a memorandum filed in Suffolk Superior Court.
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