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New Media Tech founders charged with stealing $500K

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Patrick Cobbs

A founder of a charter school in Northwest Philadelphia was arrested today on grand jury charges for allegedly using public funds to prop up his Mt. Airy businesses, personal expenses, and a private school in Germantown.

New Media Technology founder, Hugh Clark, faces the 27-count indictment with his girlfriend, Ina Walker, a Mt. Airy resident, who is a co-founder of the school and its former C.E.O.

According to the indictment issued today by U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, the pair diverted $522,000 of taxpayer money to their personal and business ventures including the Black Olive health food store and restaurant in Mt. Airy, and a total of $1 million to the Germantown private school Lotus Academy, which Clark also founded.

This story continues on the NewsWorks website; it is a product of a reporting collaboration between the Notebook and WHYY.

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