- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An executive at a Philadelphia organization serving the homeless has been sentenced to 18 months in prison in the theft of funds from the program.

Sixty-two-year-old Nathaniel Robinson of Philadelphia pleaded guilty in March to theft from a program receiving federal funds.

Prosecutors said he used his corporate credit card from his job as chief program director at SELF Inc. to pay for more than $154,000 in personal expenses such as car repairs, dinners and theme park trips.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Grigsby said his conduct was more troubling because he was once a homeless drug addict who had been helped by the program, which operates nine homeless shelters in the city.

U.S. District Court Judge Berle Schiller also ordered Robinson on Monday to make restitution.

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