2009-02-18 / Front Page

Former FCCA Executive Charged In $4K Theft

By Liz Goff

Former FCCA Executive Charged In $4K Theft

 By Liz Goff

The former executive director of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) and consultant to Americans for the Arts  (AFTA) this week is facing grand larceny charges for allegedly bilking the two non-profit organizations out of almost $5,000, city investigators said.

Department of Investigation (DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said Harvey Seifter, 55, of Manhattan is charged with stealing $4,230 between February 2004 and May 2006, while serving as the executive director of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which operates the Flushing Town Hall and as a consultant with Americans for the Arts.

Hearn said the DOI began investigating Seifter after they were alerted by the city Department of Cultural Affairs that allegations of the theft were raised while Seifter was involved with the cultural institutions.

Seifter was fired abruptly and unceremoniously in November 2006 by FCCA. During his tenure, FCCA became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution opening doors at the Flushing Town Hall to a series of prestigious exhibits of art and artifacts from the Smithsonian collection.

Hearn said Seifter allegedly stole the money through a double-billing scam that charged FCCA twice for business expenses he incurred on debit and credit cards issued by FCCA. Seifter is also charged with billing FCCA for expenses related to Americans for the Arts, a national organization that funds culture and the arts through private and public resource development.

A spokesperson for FCCA and the Flushing Town Hall said officials had no comment on Seifter’s arrest or the allegations of theft.

Seifter, who was arrested last week and charged with grand larceny in the third degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, both class D felonies,, was unavailable for comment. If convicted, Seifter could be sentenced up to seven years in prison, DOI officials said.
—Liz Goff

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