5 School District Employees Indicted for Elections Fraud
NEW YORK (AP) _ High-ranking employees of a Bronx school district were charged Wednesday with participating in a scheme to commit voting fraud in a school board election.
The five officials from School District 10 were indicted in State Supreme Court for allegedly orchestrating a complicated election scam in which intermediaries targeted voters at homeless shelters, residents of a retirement home and students at Fordham University.
The intermediaries allegedly obtained the voters’ signatures on absentee ballot applications, which were then used to request that ballots be sent to one of the intermediaries or one of the five ringleaders.
The ballots were then allegedly filled out with the names of the candidates whose campaigns James Sullivan, District 10′s director of pupil personnel, was managing.
Four of the five candidates on the slate won election to the board of District 10, the largest school district in the city, with 40 schools and a yearly budget of more than $140 million.
Indicted with Sullivan were Edward McFadden, director of substance abuse and prevention programs for District 10; Ines Adan, McFadden’s wife and coordinator of a branch of the attendance and dropout prevention program; Lorraine Pacheco, a former assistant principal at P.S. 86 in the Bronx who was later promoted to principal of P.S. 192 in Manhattan; and Joseph McCarthy, District 10′s director of special education.
The five, who all pleaded innocent, face charges that include forgery, conspiracy, false filing, violations of election law, and violations of the City Charter.
The Board of Education has reassigned them to jobs that do not involve contact with students, parents or school staff.