- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans woman has been charged with stealing money from a non-profit formed to help students grow academically.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says 42-year-old Kim Cassell was charged Friday in a one-count Bill of Information for stealing from Open World Family Services Inc.

Polite, in a news release Tuesday, said from March 2010 until June 2012, Cassell knowingly used more than $140,000 in federal grant money for her personal benefit, rather than for its intended educational purposes.

If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine and restitution to the U.S. Department of Education.

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