Former executive charged with mishandling $15K in public funds
The former executive director of the East Division Crime Victims Services (EDCVS) is accused of misusing more than $15K in public grant money, according to the city’s Office of the Inspector General.
Stephanie Mayweather, 52, oversaw the crime victims advocacy organization which was created in 1993 to provide free services for victims and witnesses of violent crimes in South Philadelphia. She is charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.
During her time there, Mayweather controlled the organization's financial records, paid the monthly bills and secured grant funding from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).
After an examination of bank records, it was found that a large amount of “non-service related charges” were made to the agency’s account over three years. Charges for restaurant meals, grocery stores, and a host of other items were found.
Mayweather is accused of charging these services to the organization’s account, knowing they were not related to her position.
“For those who receive support from EDCVS, the impact of this theft is profoundly real,” Inspector General Amy L. Kurland said in a press release. “The loss of $15K worth of services is a direct threat to the well-being of these victims and witnesses.”
Mayweather allegedly benefited from $15,121.39 in unapproved charges made between Jan. 2010 and May 2013. According to Philly.com, Kurland said Mayweather was the executive director of the victims group starting in August 1998.
Mayweather was released on her own recognizance after being charged. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 25.