Ex-White House Adviser Charged With Stealing From Charter Schools

Published Apr 28 2021 at 7:00 AM GMT
  • Seth Andrew, a former White House adviser and Department of Education official under President Barack Obama, was arrested Tuesday and charged with wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements to a financial institution, the US Department of Justice announced.
  • Andrew is accused of stealing $218,005 from the national charter school network he founded, according to the announcement.
  • He allegedly used more than half of the stolen money from the network of public charter schools to secure a better interest rate on a mortgage for a multimillion-dollar Manhattan apartment.
  • “The money he took belonged to an institution serving school-aged children,” William F Sweeney Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director, said in the Justice Department's press release.
  • “Today Andrew himself is learning one of life’s most basic lessons -- what doesn’t belong to you is not yours for the taking.” Andrew helped to found Democracy Prep, a national charter school network formerly based in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, in 2005, according to a criminal complaint.


  • Published Apr 28, 2021 7:00 AM GMT