NEW YORK (AP) — About 100 Chinese immigrant families are getting thousands of dollars in restitution after a fraud investigation at three English-language schools in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is presenting about $25,000 in checks to the families on Monday. Some 35 teachers also are getting restitution, totaling about $26,000.
Thompson says parents, students and teachers abruptly found the doors to the Chinatown Outreach Ministry schools locked in August 2013, three weeks before the summer semester was due to end. Many parents had already paid in advance for the fall and spring terms.
Owners Patrick and Joanne Panettieri were arrested a few weeks later in a motel in Syracuse, New York.
They have pleaded guilty to scheming to defraud and petit larceny.