- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A Long Island couple has been charged with fraud and embezzlement for allegedly diverting nearly $1 million from programs for senior centers.

The charges were announced Wednesday by federal and New York City officials. Authorities say Kwame Insaidoo and Roxanna Pearson used the money to pay for personal expenses, including the mortgage on their Bay Shore home.

Authorities said Insaidoo was executive director of United Block Association when he misappropriated over $953,000 in funds stemming from contracts his organization received to operate senior centers for New York City.

Authorities said the non-profit organization overbilled the city for food supplies at four upper Manhattan senior centers while Insaidoo and his wife embezzled money.

Lawyers for the defendants did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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