Philadelphia’s treasurer was lost his job Friday after federal authorities charged him with embezzlement and entering into a bogus marital relationship to get US citizenship.
Although the accusations against Christian Dunbar did not include his dealings with the city, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney stated that he had asked the city’s inspector general to review the treasurer’s office during Dunbar’s tenure beginning in 2016, the Associated Press reported.
“This review can help deal with any issues about the office ´ s conduct and transactions during this period,” Kenney stated.
Federal prosecutors stated that Dunbar, 40, stole $15,000 from two of his clients while working at Wells Fargo as a financial consultant, before he began working in city government. In both instances, he was assisting customers who wished to transfer funds and had them sign a number of files, consisting of a blank withdrawal slip.
He later on allegedly used the blank slips to withdraw money from both victims’ accounts and deposit those funds into his own savings account, district attorneys stated.
Dunbar, who was born in Liberia, where his maternal grandfather William Tubman was president for three decades. He presumably participated in a fake marital relationship with a previous classmate at Temple University, district attorneys stated.
Throughout his marriage, he covertly wed another schoolmate in a ceremony in the bride’s home country in Senegal in 2013, according to the indictment, which also alleges that the lady participated in her own shame marriage to get permanent residency status in the United States. After he ended up being a United States citzen, he separated from his first spouse in 2016, prosecutors said.