So I just heard about this swirl around the blogosphere about Evan Cohen bilking a children’s charity for hundreds of thousands of dollar during his tenure at Air America radio. Most of the chatter surrounding this story is coming from the right wing weblogs, crowing about the imminent demise of liberal talk radio and how those crazy bleeding heart liberals were taking money from needy children and the elderly to pay for Al Franken’s high falutin’ lifestyle.
Seems Evan Montvel Cohen loaned himself and Air America more than $800,000 from the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, where he served as development director of the charity. Cohen personally received a $400,000 wire transfer without the knowledge or authorization of the community center’s executive director. The city of New York suspended contracts and grants to the non-profit in June because of ‘inappropriate transactions and falsified documents’ submitted to city agencies.
Those on the right can blame the radio network all they want, but this isn’t something to be laid on the doorstep of Air America. This is a classic Evan Montvel Cohen scam. I especially like the bit about how he told the charity he needed the money to pay for his chemotherapy and medical treatment for his ill father. Uh, I know for a fact Evan’s father is deceased, and I think most people on Guam have their doubts about his cancer and miraculous recovery once he burned his bridges and left the island. He just went from scamming people on Guam to scamming people in New York City.