News Bay Shore couple charged with fraud in federal court By Newsday.com Updated February 3, 2016 3:47 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email A Bay Shore couple has been charged in federal court in Manhattan with fraud and embezzlement and misappropriating $953,875 from New York City through a nonprofit that operated senior centers. Kwame Insaidoo, 59, and Roxanna Pearson, 62, allegedly stole the money from United Block Association, a nonprofit that has been paid more than $11.6 million since 2008 to operate and provide healthy meals at four upper Manhattan senior centers. Insaidoo, the executive director, was accused of overbilling the city for supposed food purchase — claiming expenses 500 percent higher than actual expenses in some reports — while working with his wife to funnel money out through a shell corporation. They allegedly used the proceeds of the scheme to pay the mortgage on their Long Island house as well as utility bills, the purchase of a luxury car, clothes and insurance. Pearson had been a consultant to the nonprofit until 2012 when she was terminated under city anti-nepotism policies, but Insaidoo continued to authorize payments to her, the government said. “Kwame Insaidoo and Roxanna Pearson allegedly diverted close to a million dollars in public funds designed to assist our city’s elderly, and spent it on themselves,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement from his Manhattan office. The two are expected to be presented in court Wednesday afternoon. By Newsday.com John Riley covers courts in New York City for Newsday. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.