School embezzlement has cost church $27K

| May 19, 2012

When Nu Bethel Center of Excellence fell behind on its rent payments, Jeffrey Akers cut them a little slack.

Akers is executive pastor of Bethesda Temple on Salem Avenue, where the school rented space.

“He (school Treasurer Carl Shye) assured me he would get it taken care of,” Akers said.

“That weekend they backed some trucks in, got some stuff out and since then I’ve not been able to get a hold of anyone.”

The school, which only had a few dozen students, Akers estimates, officially closed in 2010.

Between rent and damage to the building, Akers estimates the school cost the church $27,000.

“It was just a mess. Unbelievable,” Akers said.

On Thursday, federal prosecutors announced Shye is facing charges of embezzling $472,579 from four charter schools in Ohio, including Nu Bethel and New City School in Dayton. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison. Nonetheless, Akers said the allegations against Shye shouldn’t cast a pall on charter schools.

“I think there is a significant need for charter schools. I think they make a tremendous impact,” he said.

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