Dorchester Health Clinic Office Charged with Theft

May 18, 2011
By Parker Scheer LLP on May 18, 2011 10:55 AM |

Boston Police reported that a Cambridge man stole large sums of money from a community health center in Dorchester and spent it on himself. The man has allegedly stolen over $750,000 from the Dorchester Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center.

The center's executive director Doctor Achebe took over the center three years ago when it was on the verge of bankruptcy and has turned the center around. Unfortunately, a former payroll consultant for the center routinely stole money that was intended to help some of the city's patients who are in extremely poor health, and used it to pay for a Cambridge penthouse and a Lamborghini. The suspect worked in the center from 2003 to 2008.

Patients who use the health center said they have seen a huge improvement since Achebe took over, but say that the return of the $750,000 would go a long way toward future improvements. Achebe vowed that "justice has to be served for a community that has nothing, for a health center that could do great things if it had the resources, and to for those who work in this building...diligently...honestly and have done so for 42 years."

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