Bronx Nonprofit Officer Accused of Embezzling $75K

Clement Gardner is accused of taking unauthorized payments from Christian Community Benevolent Association accounts.

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012  |  Updated 9:46 AM EDT
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Bronx Nonprofit Officer Accused of Embezzling $75K

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New York's attorney general has accused the fiscal officer of a Bronx nonprofit of embezzling at least $75,000 that was intended to help provide education and recreation to children and senior citizens.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 64-year-old Clement I. Gardner of the Bronx has been charged with second-degree grand larceny. He's accused of taking unauthorized payments from Christian Community Benevolent Association accounts from 2004 to 2007.

Those accounts were partially funded by state legislative grants administered through the Empire State Development Corp. and the Office of Children and Family Services, including more than $400,000 from 2006 to 2008.

Calls to Gardner's lawyer and to Bronx state Sen. Ruben Diaz, who authorized the legislative grants, were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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