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.
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