Charles Hawkins

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Charles Hawkins - It) , ' Charles Hawkins I By Jim Leusner OF THE...
It) , ' Charles Hawkins I By Jim Leusner OF THE KNTINEL STAFF Orlando financial executive and civic leader Charles J. Hawkins was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury that charged him with embezzling $200,000 from a non-profit day-care center that maintained an account at his savings and loan association. Hawkins, 54, president of Washington Shores Federal Savings and Loan, was charged in five indictments with 19 counts of embezzlement, income tax evasion, conspiracy, filing false bank statements and obstruction of justice. An indictment is a charge, not a finding of guilt. Hawkins' trial tentatively is scheduled for June. The charges stem from a 2 -year investigation by the Internal Revenue Service's criminal division and the FBI into the Washington Shores Association for Recreation, known as WaSAR, a non-profit day-care center that abruptly closed in July 1980. Hawking was treasurer of the organization, which kept its money at Washington Shores Federal. ' - Also indicted was Orlando attorney Paul Perkins Sr., who helped Hawkins start the financial institu? tion in 1963 and is one of its officers. He is a longtime friend, attorney and business associate of Haw. Suspensions likely, lawyer says: A-6 kins. Perkins was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct the grand jury probe of Hawkins. Perkins also is a former WaSAR board member. Summonses were issued for both men Friday by U.S. Magistrate Donald Dietrich. Both are scheduled to surrender to U.S. marshals after an appearance before Dietrich Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Orlando. Please see HAWKINS, A-6 Stunned friends still have faith By Julie Johnson OF THE SENTINEL STAFF ASSOCIATED PRESS Concerned President Reagan checks on Houston police Sgt. Ralph Gonzales after the policeman was injured when a collision knocked from his motorcycle as he led Reagan's motorcade Friday. Gonzales was sent home after hospital treatment for minor injuries. Reagan was in Houston for a speech. Story, A-3.. News of civic leader Charles Haw-kins' indictment rippled quietly through Orlando's black business and political circles Friday, saddening or puzzling those who know and have worked with him. Hawkins, president of Washington Shores Federal Savings and Loan Association, was charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, embezzlement, income tax evasion and making false statements to federal Investigators. Like Hawkins, many people maintain he is innocent of any wrongdoing. For years he has been pointed to as a role model for young or aspiring businessmen both black and white. The federal accusations against Hawkins, 54, even have surprised members of the People Rights Organization a community group that has publicly questioned Hawkins' part in the closing of the Washington Shores Association for Recreation (WaSAR) in 1980. Several charges are tied to the federally funded organization, which offered recreation and day care for up to 360 children in southwest Orlando. Many blacks privately hold the PRO responsible for federal investigations of Hawkins' personal and business finances. But Barbara Harrison, PRO Please see FRIENDS, A-6 A ; ( r 1 m it T i nil niraiitiy till Charles Hawkins '. . . . the charges a blow.

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  1. The Orlando Sentinel,
  2. 30 Apr 1983, Sat,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 1

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