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Director OF Milwaukee's New Hope Institute of Science and Technology Charter School Indicted for Embezzlement

January 23, 2008

United States Attorney Steven M. Biskupic announced today that a grand jury returned a two-count embezzlement indictment against Rosella Tucker, the Director of Milwaukee's New Hope Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, 3500 West Center Street, Milwaukee. Tucker, 54, is a resident of Milwaukee.

The indictment alleges that in 2003, Tucker established New Hope Institute of Science and Technology (NHIST), after being granted a charter by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. NHIST was established as a subsidiary of Tucker's umbrella corporation, New Hope Child Development Center (NHCDC), which also included her voucher school, Tucker Institute of Learning. Tucker served as the director of both NHIST and NHCDC..

As a charter school, NHIST received federal monies in the form of Title I funding through the Milwaukee Public Schools. NHIST also received federal monies in the form of Title V funding through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Both Title I and Title V funding are based on the Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. The indictment alleges that from 2003 to 2005, Tucker embezzled over $300,000 in funds from NHIST.

In 2006, MPS closed NHIST for failure to meet its financial obligations.

The indictment charges two counts of theft of monies from a program receiving federal funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 666. As to each count, Tucker faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Education. The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Tracy M. Johnson for prosecution.

The public is warned that an indictment is merely a method by which to charge an individual with criminal conduct. But the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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For Additional information contact:
First Assistant United States Attorney Michelle L. Jacobs
(414) 297-1700

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