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NY special education contractor charged with fraud

November 7, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who ran special education pre-K programs in New York City is accused of orchestrating a scheme that diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars in government money to himself.

Cheon Park, of Manhasset, Long Island, was charged Wednesday with mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

According to the New York Times ( ), court papers say Park intentionally inflated the amount of public funds the company received. He allegedly kicked back much of the money to himself.

Park's company, Bilingual SEIT, received nearly $95 million in federal, state and city funds to manage the programs out of five centers in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

His contacts with the city were canceled at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.

Park's attorney didn't respond to requests for comment.


Information from: The New York Times,



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