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Non Profit Leader Pleads Guilty To Pocketing Council Funds

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The head of a Queens non-profit pled guilty Tuesday to stealing $85,000 in City Council money.

Van Holmes, the head of the Young Leaders Institute in Laurelton, has agreed to serve six months in prison and pay back $95,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Holmes took money that was supposed to go to youth education programs and used it for shopping sprees and visits to a cabaret lounge.

Prosecutors are also looking at three Council members and a current state senator as part of this investigation.

Holmes' arrest is connected to the indictment of former State Senator Shirley Huntley.

She is headed to prison this month for stealing money from other Queens non-profits.

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