- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City arts charity whose director was attacked with lye last year has shut down.

The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/24Rfier ) reports Healing Arts Initiative in Queens announced Wednesday it expected to declare bankruptcy.

Its director, D. Alexandra Dyer, was attacked last summer after she began investigating missing money at the charity. That led to three arrests and exposed what prosecutors say was a $750,000 embezzlement scheme.

Dyer sued the board in April, claiming its negligence had enabled the thefts.

Last week, the board fired Dyer and her chief financial officer. It said it didn’t realize the extent of its revenue problems until this week because the two withheld “crucial financial information.”

Dyer says they supplied all information.

The non-profit made art accessible to marginalized New Yorkers.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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