L.I. Man Accused of Stealing From Kids With Cancer

Cops allege he used money from Make-A-Wish Foundation for personal gain

Wednesday, May 5, 2010  |  Updated 11:16 AM EDT
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L.I. Man Accused of Stealing From Kids With Cancer

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Robert Skinner

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Cops arrested a Long Island man for allegedly stealing from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Suffolk County police say Robert Skinner was wanted on grand larceny charges after representatives from the Make-A-Wish Foundation tipped off authorities that he was accessing funds from the organization that he used for his personal gain.

Police say the 50-year-old suspect was driving with a stolen license and was impaired by drugs when they stopped him in Bohemia, about 40 miles east of the city, at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

They say he also had a forged county parks permit and a handicapped parking permit that didn't belong to him.

Skinner was charged with grand larceny, driving while ability impaired by drugs and criminal possession of stolen property and a forged instrument. His arraignment was set for Wednesday.

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