Former shelter manager jailed for stealing from organization

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a publicly funded nonprofit that ran homeless shelters in Massachusetts has been sent to jail for a year for stealing $1.5 million to the organization and lying under oath, prosecutors said.

Manuel Duran, 70, was also sentenced on Thursday to four years probation and 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty to theft and perjury related to his tenure as executive director of Casa Nueva Vida, which housed around 150 mostly Spanish-speaking families at more than a dozen locations in Boston and Lawrence, according to the state attorney general’s office.

He was also ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined.

An investigation opened after an anonymous tip found that Duran was renting out four properties he owned and one property owned by a relative at the shelter. He then signed sworn disclosure forms falsely stating that the organization was not a party to any transaction in which any of its officers, directors or trustees had a material financial interest, authorities said.

In a related civil case, Duran agreed in January to pay $6 million to settle allegations that he funneled state money to himself.

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Aubrey L. Morgan