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Huey Newton Charged With Stealing Day-Care Funds

April 17, 1985

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Former Black Panther leader Huey Newton faces charges he stole $42,875 from a child care and nutrition program he once ran, the state attorney general says.

Newton, 43, was arrested at his Oakland home Monday and taken to Oakland City Jail. He was released on $41,000 bail for charges stemming from the child care program as well and possessing a handgun.

He is accused of getting a check for $42,875 from the state by lying about the number of children enrolled in his Educational Opportunities Corp., Attorney General John Van de Kamp said Tuesday.

He also was charged with embezzling from the program, and with conspiring to obtain payroll checks from a bank by false pretenses and grand theft.

Officers searched Newton’s home and founded a shotgun and a loaded .45- caliber automatic pistol, Van de Kamp said. He said Newton will face additional charges of possessing a handgun as an ex-felon.

Also arrested Monday was Ralph Leon Moore, 45, who was curriculum director of Newton’s program, Van de Kamp said. He is charged with conspiracy to conceal and destroy public records.

The attorney general’s office is trying to find other officials of the program, said Ron Anderle of Van de Kamp’s Bureau of Investigation.

Newton currently is appealing a two-year federal prison sentence from a 1977 charge of possessing a gun while an ex-felon.

The felony charge stems from a 1964 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. Although that conviction was later reversed, a state Court of Appeal ruled that the conviction could be considered in sentencing for subsequent crimes.

The now-defunct Educational Opportunities Corp. got a total of $620,000 in state and federal funding from mid-1980 to mid-1982, when it last received government funding, Van de Kamp said. The program provided care and food for preschool children in East Oakland and also ran a private school.

Van de Kamp said Newton’s arrest follows a three-year state investigation of discrepancies in the program’s financial records first uncovered by the FBI.

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