Frederick Douglass Principal Convicted of Fraud

Erica L. Green, Baltimore Sun, April 10, 2014

The principal of a celebrated Baltimore high school has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of nearly $2 million he received in a previous job to feed disadvantaged children, but used instead for other purposes, including leasing luxury cars and buying jewelry.

Between 2007 and 2010, federal prosecutors say, Frederick Douglass High School principal Antonio Hurt submitted documents to a federal program in which he intentionally misstated the number of children and meals eligible for reimbursement in day care centers he owned and operated in Georgia.

Hurt, who has been credited with turning around the long-troubled high school with the help of a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education, pleaded guilty Wednesday in a U.S. District Court in Georgia to a single count of federal program fraud.

Hurt, who was appointed to lead Douglass in 2011, faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for June 18.

“This critically important program provides basic sustenance for those most in need,” Sally Quillian Yates, the U.S. attorney for northern Georgia, said in a statement. “Instead of paying for school day nutrition, he used the money to expand his day care business, lease luxury cars, buy jewelry, and pay for other personal expenses.”

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The Baltimore school system said Thursday that it had accepted Hurt’s resignation. Officials said they were auditing all activity at Frederick Douglass for any red flags.

Hurt was hired to lead the school at a salary of $136,981.

At Frederick Douglass, Hurt was responsible for at least $4.2 million in federal school improvement grants, which are awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to help struggling schools implement reforms.

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Hurt, 38, was CEO of Bright Star Early Learning Center, which owned and operated day care centers in metropolitan Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia. He also served as a principal in Georgia.

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Prosecutors say Hurt initiated an elaborate scheme to defraud the federal government in 2006.

That year, they said in a release, he arranged for the Bright Star day care centers to participate in the Child & Adult Care Food Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program established under the National School Lunch Act of 1964.

The federal program partially reimburses day care centers for the cost of serving breakfast, lunch and snacks to low-income children.

From October 2007 through January 2010, prosecutors said, Hurt filed millions of dollars in reimbursement claims to the CACFP program in which he “intentionally misstated the number of eligible students, meals, and other information.”

“As a result, the [Georgia] Department of Early Care & Learning issued fraudulently inflated reimbursement funds to an account that Hurt controlled,” prosecutors said. “Hurt then issued the expected payments to the unsuspecting day care centers, and retained the fraudulently inflated portion for himself, amounting to approximately $1.9 million over a two-year period.”

They said he used the money to expand and fund the operation of his day care business, obtaining multimillion-dollar acquisition and development loans to build new day care centers, and “to live beyond his means.”

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  • Alexandra1973

    Wow, sounds like he took stealing lunch money to a whole new level….

    • Erasmus

      Robbed the lunch money? Out of Africa. There’s nothing more that needs to be said.

    • Do you mean “a whole nubber lebel”?

  • [Guest]

    Well, you know, white principals steal lunch money all the time! They’re just after Antonio because he’s a successful black man!

    Free Antonio Hurt!

    • Oil Can Harry

      By the time his prison sentence ends his new name will be Antonio Butthurt.

      • Reverend Bacon

        “Tonio’s Can hurts”?

      • I doubt it. Not only was I never raped in prison, I didn’t know anyone who was raped, and I never even heard about anyone being raped. Plenty of actual gays go to prison, usually over drug offenses. These gays hook up with boyfriends who buy them stuff from the commissary, and they form steady relationships.

        One white couple at Ft. Worth held hands in public. The “girlfriend” looked like he (?) had started hormone treatment on the outside; he had breasts like a 14 year-old girl. The guards made fun of them but we convicts did not. Speaking only for myself, if that was what it took to get the pair through incarceration, it was their business and not anyone else’s.

  • Truthseeker

    This guy is a scumbag. But hey, he’s black, so at least no one’s going to be accused of “racism”!

  • Whitetrashgang

    Americans are so fat no one needs a free lunch anyways. If the students need something to chew on give them a piece of wood or gum.

  • BonV.Vant

    typical negro

  • smedley

    Dat be dem reparations for de slave trade.

  • Urbane Neanderthal

    A black embezzle? It might be time to reevaluate the use of the term “white collar” crime.

    • Ronald

      It can be done. Government school teachers now call blackboards whiteboards because of racial sensitivities. “Black” collar crimes would pay tribute to the increasing numbers of Africans among the business community.

  • So CAL Snowman

    How many non – Whites have been busted by corruption in 2014 alone? I have completely lost track. Every day another non – White is busted for defrauding the American tax payers. Hell 3 non – White democrat state senators have been ordered to step down this year in CA alone do to corruption and illegal activities. This is the first time that has EVER happened in the history of CA politics.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      They should start racially profiling black politicians nationwide, especially since it is fairly obvious that blacks are statistically more likely to engage in acts of corruption than other races. The police should thoroughly investigate the backgrounds of all blacks currently in office or running for office. When will this ever happen? Probably never. The Dems would never want to harm their share of the ethnic vote.

      • I’ve been saying for years that the attempt to push forward a debate on gun control isn’t based on reality. If they really wanted to address the truth of the matter they’d shelve the gun control debate and start having a frank and candid discussion about negro control.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Be sure to watch the video. Notice how, even after news of the thefts came out, black interviewees on the street still defended the thieving principal! Typical.

    He “cleaned up the school real good,” all right.

    • WR_the_realist

      I’m sure if it was an elected position I’m sure Antonio Hurt would be a shoe-in to be reinstated as the principal. Black people like thieving government bureaucrats because they see it as sticking it to the Man.

      • jambi19

        (White) man. No doubt in my mind this guy would be elected unanimously.

    • Blacks aren’t the most literate or articulate folks in the world, so I think the “person” being interviewed really meant “cleaned out the school real good.”

      By the way, that should be “really good”. The adjective needs to be an adverb in this case, but my original disclaimer about blacks still applies.

      • Rhialto

        Grammer be rassiss!

  • More black actresses playing the role of reporter in the vid. Thank goodness I don’t have to watch TV to get the news. As to the principal, five years for $2mil ain’t a bad tradeoff. I hope all his assets have been accounted for and seized, but he lived high on the hog for quite a long time. Where’s he’s going there’s not much need for a lot of money.

    • SFLBIB

      I wonder if he declared the $2M on his income tax returns.

      • dcc2379

        Probably when he made his contribution to OFA?

        • SFLBIB

          Or ACORN?

  • Puggg

    Frederick Douglas = Martin Luther King.

    Things named after them are places were a lot of bad things happen.

  • r j p

    Any reimbursement or confiscation?

  • CharlieBBarkin

    Greed!

  • MekongDelta69

    This is ‘only’ the 5,298,362nd incident of black corruption.

    And that’s just what AmRen has reported!

  • Tom Mixx

    No matter what the position a black attains, it’s always just a matter of time before they louse up. The only unknown factor is just what he’ll/she’ll do.

    • Rhialto

      It does seem that crime is the only area in which Blacks show much initiative and ingenuity.

  • Triarius

    HBO did a documentary some time back at this very high school, it was a really big eye opener for many people I knew. I suggest you all find it and watch, if you can.

  • Strider73

    Only $2 million? By black bureaucrat standards, the guy is a piker. $10 million is the minimum to join the Black Government Thieves Association.

  • TheAntidote

    This is the African way. This is the way it has been done since time immemorial in the muddaland. I read in one account where the missionaries arrived in a district to offer medical services to the natives. They gave them pills, crutches, bandages, etc and of course specific instructions for their ailments. As soon as the missionaries were gone, the chief sent out his henchmen to seize all the medical supplies from the patients.
    Then he traded away all that powerful bwana juju.

  • Jesse James

    The real question is how was it possible for this man to steal $2 million from the school system? Where is the audit trail and systems accountability?

    • jambi19

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Deonte and Shanika are running things at the government “audit trail and systems accountability.”

    • TXCriollo

      Very simple he probably became the head book keeper, or was splitting some of his earnings off with his kin folk

  • JackKrak

    TNB. As a black man in “education”, he had a license to print money without putting ever putting himself at risk of prison – one fat paycheck as a “principal” who “turns schools around” and another revenue stream through these “day car centers”. Two great chances to stand under a waterfall of federal dollars.

    But no – that wasn’t enough….

  • 4321realist

    And they do that, because of oppression, slavery and racism for 400 years.

    If they hadn’t had those handicaps to deal with, they would all have successful societies like Haiti, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and Detroit.

  • TXCriollo

    This guy took advantage of his races trust factor, as long as he helped them with a few new programs and a smile they would never think o hes jacking some money off the top. All the parents were like he did this for my kids he did this for the school, but this guy knew how to shake down the american tax payer

  • Shawn_thefemale

    I remember him being in the news a good bit here in Ga. However, in a way I think blacks are incredibly lucky – their glasses could never slide down their nose.

  • The article said these charges are federal, and one of the things I remember from federal sentencing guidelines is that sentences for fraud cases are on a sliding scale based on how much money was involved.

    So long as Hurt can’t get more than ten years, he is camp-eligible, and the article says he’s looking at up to five. Since maximum time off for good behavior in the feds is one day for each week actually served, or 1/8, Hurt would have to serve four years, four-and-a-half months if he receives the full five years. Five months of that could be at a halfway house, so while my opinion of halfway house staffers are unprintable here, he’s really looking at just under four years of incarceration.

    Hurt is a total idiot, but he’s not looking at hard time. Lots of the federal camps are on military bases, where the inmates do the base groundskeeping work. Hurt will probably end up doing something like operating a riding lawnmower or a parking lot paint-striping machine as his inmate job.

    Cry me a river, Mr. Hurt!

  • Magician

    “he received in a previous job to feed disadvantaged children, but used instead for other purposes, including leasing luxury cars and buying jewelry.”

    The mainstream media is dishonest for the 10 billionth time!! It omitted the following

    paying for hos
    gambling
    illegal drugs

    • You forgot booze: probably Courvoisier cognac.

      • dcc2379

        That would be a big move up from malt liquor.

        • There’s nothing in between for them. I have never once seen a black couple buy something sensible like a 5L Franzia or Peter Vella wine-in-a-box or a case of nice, dark beer like St Pauli Girl or Beck’s.

  • Funruffian

    The school was a mess due to inferior IQ and defective DNA. Yea, he beez a reaaal good principal.
    He was just being an entrepreneur the Negro way.

  • dcc2379

    Is this article about Jesse Jackson Jr.? The Mayor of Detroit? Washington, DC? Charles Rangel? What do all of these people have in common besides being Democrats?

  • Tony refused to behave in the school cafeteria.

  • BonV.Vant

    HOH’REEE MAGGERRRRUHHHH!

  • NotTooSwift

    Mr. Hurt would do well on Wall Street. At least if he worked there and did something similar, he would get off with a fine.

    • I doubt that. Investors like me have absolutely no sense of humor at all when it comes to our money. None. This is why we have a Securities Exchange Commission instead of vigilante killings.

  • ‘Baltimore, Maryland: Frederick Douglass High School principal Antonio Hurt convicted of fraud’

    As all Western nations become ever more third-world, we are all in for a world of Hurt.