From the Daily News:
The president of a Queens, N.Y., nonprofit with ties to former state Sen. Shirley Huntley was charged Tuesday with stealing more than $85,000 in taxpayer money.
Van Holmes, head of the Young Leaders Institute in Laurelton, pocketed the cash between March 2007 and September 2012 after creating dozens of bogus records claiming reimbursements for overnight youth trips that never happened and job mentor programs that didn't exist, authorities said. He allegedly used the money to buy clothes and theater tickets and to get work done on his car.
The stolen cash was allegedly directed to Holmes' charity by Huntley and other City Council members.
Huntley is headed to prison this month after pleading guilty to charges that she looted nonprofits she controlled.
Holmes, who surrendered Tuesday morning, was arraigned on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records. He pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.
If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.