Seibert Phillips Would Have Been Right At Home Under The Past BLP Administration!
While the top brass at the New York Evelyn Douglin Center for disabled children and adults were living large at taxpayer expense, $8-an-hour direct care workers were being gypped out of overtime pay.
Documents obtained by the Daily News show that during the first two weeks of July 2006, 33 employees put in for a total of 240 overtime hours worked but were denied the extra pay.
The boss, Evelyn Douglin founder and Executive Director Seibert Phillips, was forced out of the not-for-profit organization in February after a scathing report by state watchdog group that cited Phillips and his board of directors for grievous financial abuse, waste and fraud.
Seibert Phillips, once a rising star among those who care for the city’s 119,000 developmentally disabled, is a man of many faces, secrets and lies.
He is also a fraud, according to state watchdogs.
After a 12-year unchecked climb, the former $300,000-a-year executive director of the Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need (SPIN) is under a growing cloud of alleged corruption and financial wrongdoing.
The Brooklyn district attorney and state attorney general’s office are looking at how Phillips – who amassed $14 million in government grants – used SPIN as his personal piggy bank – including giving a friend $250,000 for a no-show job; allowing his son to rack up nearly $18,000 in gas charges on an agency credit card; giving illegal campaign contributions to a Queens assemblywoman; and spending tens of thousands of dollars on luxury cars, flat-screen TVs and travel for himself and staff.
Phillips was removed from his post in February.
Phillips, who founded SPIN in 1996, also lied about his credentials, claiming he was a certified social worker with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Neither was true.
Yet he was able to start his own agency from his tiny Brooklyn apartment with a $27,000 government grant and grow it to a $14 million social service empire without any real scrutiny. The center now runs 10 group homes and day services for more than 300 adults and children.
April 6, 2008 – New York Daily News: Champion of Disabled a Fraud Who Cashed In
March 3, 2008 – Brooklyn Daily News: Evelyn Douglin Center shortchanged out of overtime, workers charge
Barbados Free Press Comments…
Millions in government grants, a government agency used as personal piggy bank, giving a friend a no-show job, relatives using the agency credit card; giving illegal campaign contributions and spending tens of thousands of dollars on luxury cars, flat-screen TVs and travel for himself and staff.
This man could do so well working for the government in Barbados!
Unfortunately for him though, he’s in America where, unlike Barbados, folks actually go to jail for such behaviour.
Bajan Murder Suspect Earl Victor Arrested At U.S. Canadian Border
A man wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder in his home country of Barbados was detained by American authorities as he attempted to enter the United States at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls on Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials reported.
Earl Victor, 34, a citizen of Barbados, presented an Ontario driver’s license and claimed his passport was at his St. Catharines home. He was referred to secondary inspection.
There, authorities learned Victor was the subject of an Interpol lookout issued last July indicating he was wanted for questioning in a July 2006 murder in Barbados.
Authorities in the Caribbean nation also advised American officials that Victor has several criminal convictions there, including assault, and may be involved in drug smuggling. They further advised that Victor was wanted there on a warrant for robbery. He previously was held in their custody but fled to Canada last June, officials said.
Victor was determined to be inadmissible to the United States and was held pending an immigration hearing. Authorities in Barbados are pursuing extradition proceedings.
…from The Buffalo News (link here)