(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Last Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that one of Barack Obama’s top campaign bundlers, Howard Dixon Slingerland, confessed to misusing over $600,000 in federal grant money and embezzling from his nonprofit group that helps impoverished youth.
According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, Slingerland, the former president and CEO of the Hollywood-based Youth Policy Institute, agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges for embezzling money from the group for his personal benefit, knowingly misapplying over $600,000 in federal grant money for “unauthorized expenses,” and lying on his tax returns.
Slingerland will plead guilty to charges of “conversion and intentional misapplication of funds from an organization receiving federal money and subscribing to a false federal income tax return” the DOJ said.
According to the Justice Department, from January 2015 to February 2019, Slinger used funds from Youth Policy Institute for unauthorized expenditures, including paying his personal property taxes, dining out in New York City, buying a home computer, and paying for a family member’s tutoring.
Additionally, in July 2019, Slingerland used $401,561 in federal grants to the Youth Policy Institute to cover the group’s payroll. That same month, he illegally used another $201,466 in federal grant money to pay off the group’s credit card bill that included Slingerland’s personal expenditures.
Slingerland also admitted that he underreported more than $100,000 in income on his federal tax returns each year from 2015 through 2018 by failing to report money he obtained from Youth Policy Institute, including the money he embezzled. He admitted to owing the IRS a total of $147,398 in unpaid taxes, not including interest and penalties.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Slingerland raised almost $750,000 for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.
After entering his guilty plea, Slingerland faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison on the conversion charge and another 3 years in federal prison for tax evasion, the DOJ said.