Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Report
Thursday, May 1, 2008
A former executive of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics was sentenced
Wednesday to seven years in state prison for defrauding the San
Francisco nonprofit out of $773,000, authorities said.
Carl Gill, 47, of Oakland was charged four years ago in the case. He
was sentenced by Judge Cynthia Lee in San Francisco Superior Court
after pleading guilty to two felony counts of grand theft and six
counts of tax evasion, prosecutors said. He also agreed to pay
restitution of $773,000, plus $174,000 in back taxes and $1,400 in fines.
Authorities at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics said the theft had hit
the organization hard.
Prosecutors described a scheme in which Gill took advantage of a
requirement that nonprofits receiving federal grants, such as the
free clinic, return any unspent money.
Such repayments are supposed to go directly to a federal office. But
authorities say Gill created an account at a Sacramento bank under a
name similar to the federal office and for more than two years,
starting in June 2001, had clinic workers give him the checks, which
he deposited into his account.
The irregularities were spotted in 2003. The clinics fired Gill the
following January and went to prosecutors.
Gill had been a faculty member at City College of San Francisco,
teaching computerized accounting.
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