Now he's the one in trouble with the law -- again.
Adeyola, head of the non-profit
Charged in a multi-count indictment, he is accused of submitting 4,000 fraudulent claims to
He also is accused of cheating the
"There are 48 counts," Assistant
Adeyola, who is well-known by judges and others for his advocacy on behalf of troubled teens, was released Wednesday.
This is not Adeyola's first run in with the law.
In 2001, he pleaded guilty to identity theft and admitted obtaining the personal information of
Eight years later, Adeyola pleaded guilty again, this time in a case charging him with fraud and making false statements. He was accused of defrauding a local company.
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For Adeyola, the allegations represent a sharp contrast to his reputation as an advocate for at-risk teens and youth diversion programs.
His group, the HEART (Helping Empower At-Risk Teens) Foundation, is closed now but, for years, provided services intended to support young people, many of them in the criminal justice system.
Founded in 2008, HEART provided a "full range of counseling, vocational and supportive services" with the goal of empowering teens to succeed, according to its web site. The group operated out of offices on
Prosecutors say Adeyola's non-profit organization also allowed him to bill local insurers for
They claim the defendant also cheated the
Adeyola's group provided counseling, mental health therapy and other clinical services to the coalition but, according to prosecutors, fraudulently billed the coalition for
The charges against Adeyola, which range from health care fraud to theft of government money, are the result of an investigation by the FBI, the
Adeyola's defense lawyer declined to comment Wednesday.
In 2011, the
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