Reginald Williams, 67, allegedly hatched a series of schemes to rip off the the Addicts Rehabilitation Center Foundation, which he ran, and a related group called the Addicts Rehabilitation Center Fund. Both groups provide social services and housing to drug addicts and those living with HIV and AIDS.
Williams is also the longtime pastor of the Charity Baptist Church in the South Bronx.
Williams also enlisted the help of co-defendants Naomi Barrera, 42, the current president and CEO of the ARC Foundation, and Bennie Hadnott, 74, a financial consultant, to pull off the schemes.
The thefts occurred when Williams was president and CEO of the ARC Fund and later the chairman of the board of the ARC Foundation — both of which are cash-strapped organizations who contract with the city and state to provide essential services.