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April 1, 2008

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
615 Chestnut Street
Suite 1250
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-4476

Contact: Patricia Hartman
(215) 861-8200

Pennsylvania Women Indicted with Conspiracy and Alteration of Records

United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan today announced the filing of an indictment charging MARTHA RUSSELL and VIOLA BUSH with one count of conspiracy and one count of alteration of records with the intent to impede the proper administration of a matter within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice. The indictment alleges that RUSSELL, as the Chief Executive Officer of Raising Horizons Quest Charter School, and BUSH, RUSSELL's sister and Cheif Financial Officer of the school, stole funds intended for the school from 2003 to 2005, and later attempted to hide their unlawful activities while being audited by the Philadelphia School District in January 2006. This indictment is the result of an investigation by the United States Department of Education. Defendants RUSSELL and BUSH each face a maximum sentence of twenty years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Information Regarding the Defendants

Martha RussellBlue Bell, PA52
Viola BushLansdale, PA49

The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Morgan-Kelly.

Media Contact: 215-861-8525

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