During her time as Executive Director of the nonprofit Therapy and Learning Center in South Slope, Silvia Kuper used over $200,000 in school funds for personal use, an investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found.
Schneiderman's office announced today that they have obtained a $240,000 settlement after the investigation into self-dealing by Kuper.
It was found that Kuper used $220,000 in school funds to pay for online personal counseling services and leases on a series of luxury Audi A-8 sedans registered in her name. Kuper must pay full restitution of the $220,000 and $20,000 for the costs of the investigation.
"It’s sad any time my office finds evidence of self-dealing by those who work in and lead New York’s important not-for-profit sector organizations," Schneiderman said in a statement. "Ms. Kuper will...be permanently barred from running any New York charity – whether a school or any other organization that serves New Yorkers."
Kuper was ordered to resign and is barred from any future service as an officer or director of any New York not-for-profit organization.
The Therapy and Learning Center provides pre-school and early intervention services for special needs and non-special needs children. It enrolls 140 students with 75 staff members.