2012-01-26 / Local & State

Ex-Philly Charter School Head Pleads Guilty

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The former chief executive of a northwest Philadelphia charter school has pleaded guilty in the theft of more than a half-million dollars and agreed to testify against her co-defendant.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says 59-year-old Ina Walker told U.S. District Judge Dan on Friday that she wanted to change her plea.

The former New Media Technology Charter School head pleaded guilty to all 28 counts including conspiracy, wire fraud, theft from a federally funded program, and bank fraud. She is to be sentenced April 27.

Walker and New Media founder Hugh Clark were accused of stealing from the school and defrauding Wilmington Savings Fund Society to pay private school expenses and fund a failed restaurant venture, among other things. In Friday's plea, Walker said she acted at Clark’s direction.

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