Brooklyn Charter School Founder Indicted on Charges of Tax Fraud and Grand Larceny


Eddie Calderon-Melendez, founder and former chief executive of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn–based Believe High Schools Network, was indicted on Thursday on eleven felony counts, including tax fraud, grand larceny, and falsifying records. Among other things, Calderon-Melendez allegedly charged $1,800 in expenses from a personal European excursion on a credit card tied to one of the schools. “While earning a six-figure salary funded largely by taxpayer dollars, the defendant robbed the state of New York of much-needed revenue when he failed to pay his taxes for six years in a row,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. “He then compounded his crime by creating false evidence to throw investigators off his trail.”