Ex-head of the troubled Germantown Special Services District is accused of stealing more than $125,000

5/13/2022 10:14:00 PM

Daily News | Ex-head of the troubled Germantown Special Services District is accused of stealing more than $125,000

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Daily News | Ex-head of the troubled Germantown Special Services District is accused of stealing more than $125,000

Prosecutors say Ingrid Shepard, the organization's former president, used taxpayer dollars she took to cover personal expenses and support two nonprofits she controlled.

STEVEN M. FALK / Staff PhotographerbyPublished53 minutes agoThe former head of a now-defunct Germantown neighborhood group controlled by appointees of City Councilmember Cindy Bass stole more than $125,000 from the organization before she was asked to resign in 2019, federal prosecutors say.

Authorities allege Ingrid Shepard, the former president and treasurer of the Germantown Special Services District, used taxpayer dollars she took between 2015 and 2018 to cover personal expenses and support two nonprofits she controlled.She faces one count of wire fraud — a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. She was charged earlier this week by way of a criminal information instead of an indictment, typically a sign that a defendant has already agreed to plead guilty.

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STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer by Published 53 minutes ago The former head of a now-defunct Germantown neighborhood group controlled by appointees of City Councilmember Cindy Bass stole more than $125,000 from the organization before she was asked to resign in 2019, federal prosecutors say.” U. Authorities allege Ingrid Shepard, the former president and treasurer of the Germantown Special Services District, used taxpayer dollars she took between 2015 and 2018 to cover personal expenses and support two nonprofits she controlled. She simply captioned the surprising video with a recycling emoji and tagged Conover. She faces one count of wire fraud — a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Attorney Damian Williams said the extradition of Bonilla Valladares “demonstrates that no one is exempt by virtue of their title or position of authority — even foreign Presidents and police chiefs — from criminal prosecution for contributing to the flood of illegal narcotics into this country that causes so much harm. She was charged earlier this week by way of a criminal information instead of an indictment, typically a sign that a defendant has already agreed to plead guilty. Putin of Russia has said stopping NATO’s expansion helped drive him to invade Ukraine.

Shepard, 44, did not immediately respond to calls for comment, and it was not clear from court records whether she had retained an attorney.S. Conover joked that the video was his and LeCroy’s “hard launch. The case against her comes nearly three years after the Germantown Special Services District fell dormant when more than 100 commercial property owners voted in 2019 not to reauthorize its taxing authority. Boasting an annual budget in 2018 of $230,000, the organization had been funded through a special property tax levied on local businesses that was meant to pay for trash removal, street and sidewalk cleaning and other neighborhood beautification efforts.S. Bass, a Democrat who represents Germantown and much of Northwest Philadelphia on City Council, directly appointed the special services district’s leadership and board. “Wait…what???? (Somewhere Austin’s [sic] head is 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯)” another chimed in, referring to Kroll. The councilmember did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday. Bonilla denied at the time being a drug trafficker. Putin’s intentions.

However, in a statement to the Chestnut Hill Local , she said Shepard was both hired and fired for the volunteer position leading the district on the recommendation of its board. She called the charges against the former president “concerning. He cited his long cooperation with the U. “Wait.” “I want to see justice done and will be paying close attention to this case,” Bass said. “I do not ever want to see any misappropriation of taxpayer dollars, which negatively impacts confidence in the system. State Department as proof he was trusted by the U. The residents of Germantown and the entire city deserve better. “Definitely never saw this happening 😳,” someone else commented.N.

” Government court filings do not specify exactly what Shepard spent the money on except to say she used her access to the special services district’s bank account to divert funds to her personal accounts and to her two nonprofits — Run Germantown, an annual race in the neighborhood//, and The One Less Foundation, a charitable organization aimed at enhancing financial literacy and providing education to families seeking to rise out of poverty, according to its website. government. The website of the latter organization describes Shepard as the owner of her own financial consulting firm who has lived in the Germantown area for nearly 20 years, after moving to Philadelphia from Denver. In March, City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart announced that her office had completed an audit of the special services district after receiving complaints from business owners about misspent funds.S. The hair stylist and A-Rod, 46,. She did not publicly release the findings of the probe at the time and instead Prosecutors declined to discuss Friday whether the charges against Shepard signaled a wider investigation of the special services district’s spending or the leadership of Bass’ appointees. U. Hernández, who led the Central American nation from 2014 through 2022, has denied charges including participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy, possession of machine guns and destructive devices, and conspiracy to possess machine guns and destructive devices. The addition of Finland and Sweden to NATO carries significant risks of elevating prospects of war between Russia and the West, under the alliance’s underlying principle that an attack on one is an attack on all.

S. District Judge R. 17. Barclay Surrick has not yet set a hearing in Shepard’s case. Published . He also cited what he described as his client’s long support of U.