The former executive director of the Meadows Community Foundation entered into a plea agreement on August 14, 2013, consenting to a five-year sentence, with two years suspended for felony charges of corrupt business influence, according to the Indiana Business Journal.
Trevor Bradley, the former non-profit executive director, was accused of and admitted to buying Gucci and Neiman Marcus merchandise with the foundations funds, as well as various other items. Prosecutors charged him in March 2013 with corrupt business influence, as well as seven counts of theft.
Court records show that Bradley, 48, was hired as the foundation’s sole employee in June 2011. According to the IBJ, the foundation was created to help revitalized the troubled Meadows neighborhood, located near 38th Street and Millersville Road on the northeast side. Court records indicate that in the eight months following his employment, Bradley had spent $170,000 of foundation funds with “little or no progress made in the foundation’s initiative.”
An investigation was done, after board members began questioning the executive director in the spring of 2012. According to the IBJ, at that point only $22,000 remained in bank accounts. Bradley admitted to the board that he had used some of the funds for personal expenses, which included merchandise from Gucci, Neiman Marcus, airline tickets and a stay at a Ritz Carlton hotel. Other payments were later located for a consulting firm formed by Bradley, payments to friends and the purchase of a Dyson vacuum. In total, court records calculated that Bradley spent nearly $38,000 in illegal expenditures before being fired in April 2012.
Part of his plea agreement, according to the IBJ, will be that Bradley pay back $37,818 in restitution to the foundation in addition to the jail time. The state has agreed to dismiss all other charges beyond the count of corrupt business influence.
"The foundation was disappointed that we suffered the setback we did, but that being said, we are satisfied with the result," John Neighbours, president of the foundation told the IBJ. "We think justice has been done, particularly because it includes full restitution."
A hearing date is set for October 30, 2013, for the agreement to be officially be entered.