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Charter founder has dementia; judge rules she's incompetent to stand trial on fraud charges


PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge says a Philadelphia charter schools founder charged with fraud has dementia and is incompetent to stand trial.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/21dRD3x ) Judge R. Barclay Surrick ruled Monday to dismiss an indictment charging that 78-year-old Dorothy June Brown defrauded the schools she founded of $6.3 million.

Surrick says Brown couldn't stand trial because she can't understand the proceedings against her.

Brown founded three small charter schools in Philadelphia and a cyber school outside the city. She had been charged with scheming to defraud the schools and conspiring to cover up the crimes.

She was acquitted of six counts and a jury deadlocked on the remaining 54 in January.

Two others have pleaded guilty in the case and testified against her during her trial.

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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