Philadelphia, December 16, 2015 — A federal judge ordered Rodnell Griffin, formerly the Executive Director of the Hunting Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee (HPNAC), to pay full restitution, more than $90,000, to HPNAC for misappropriating funds from the non-profit’s bank account. The case against Griffin was investigated jointly by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of the Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“Restitution is one of the most direct and impactful ways that someone can repay their debt to society, and that’s why we always request full restitution in our cases,” said Inspector General Amy L. Kurland. “HPNAC is a small non-profit and it serves some of North Philadelphia’s neediest residents. The recovered funds will go a long way toward helping the Hunting Park community.”
From January 2007 to October 2013, Griffin used the non-profit’s corporate ATM card to withdraw more than $85,000 in funds, and she incurred more than $5,300 in associated bank fees. She also made several ATM withdrawals at local casinos, Sugarhouse and Parx, and used the non-profit’s funds for personal expenses.
Griffin formerly served as Executive Director of the Hunting Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee (HPNAC), a registered tax-exempt organization that provides essential goods and services to some of Philadelphia’s most underserved residents. The organization, located in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia, offers food, clothing and other assistance to individuals and families in need. HPNAC is primarily funded by the City of Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development through a federal grant administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
A federal judge ordered Griffin to pay full restitution, totaling $92,344.48 in withdrawals and ATM fees and sentenced Griffin to three years’ supervised release, including six months of home detention. Additionally, Griffin will pay a $1,000 special assessment, complete 600 hours of community service and serve one day in prison.