CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - "I'm shocked I'm sad and I'm stunned. But I've gotta stay focused to this program," says Cleveland councilman Zack Reed.
A program aimed at keeping our streets safe may now be tarnished. Charges have been filed against former Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance Executive Director and former Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker.
Reed is bothered by the serious allegations.
"The individuals who are out there to secure the safety in our community they're good people and this program should not be brought down by one individual that's accused of making a big mistake. Justice will come to Reggie Rucker," explains Reed.
Federal investigators say Rucker stole nearly 150-thousand dollars from CPA and Amer-I-Can from 2011 to 2015.
Reed tells us during a city budget meeting Tuesday, hours before learning about the charges he asked Mayor Frank Jackson to put $200,000 to match the Cleveland Foundations donation into the 2016 budget for the much-needed program that also includes the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland.
"We can't let one individual bring down a program that is supposed to help thousands of others," says Reed.
Now the CPA has a new executive director. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland released this statement.
Reggie Rucker is not associated with Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland and no longer heads Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance. He resigned from the Peacemakers Alliance two months ago. When allegations of misuse of funds surfaced, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland took action to ensure the good anti-crime and anti-gang work of the Peacemakers Alliance would continue.
The CPA program already has $100,000 for this year.
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