The treasurer of Philadelphia Christian Dunbar (above) was fired Friday after federal prosecutors charged him with embezzling money from customers at a bank where he previously worked and entering into a sham marriage to win U.S. citizenship
According to the Daily Mail, Mayor Jim Kenney noted that the allegations against Christian Dunbar did not involve his work with the city, but said that he had been dismissed in light of the allegations.
He also asked the city’s inspector general to review the treasurer’s office for the time Dunbar served there as deputy treasurer and treasurer.
‘This review can help resolve any concerns about the office´s conduct and transactions during this period,’ Kenney said.
Dunbar could not be reached for comment; it wasn’t clear whether he had a lawyer, and a telephone number for him couldn’t be found.
Dunbar was born in Liberia, of which his maternal grandfather, William Tubman, was president for nearly 30 years.
Dunbar came to the U.S. in 1988 and later obtained temporary protected status. He graduated from Temple University, where he was a captain of the football team.
Prosecutors said that while he was a student at Temple, he met a fellow classmate he later married in as part of an effort to eventually earn citizenship for himself.
However, during the time he was married, prosecutors say Dunbar secretly married another Temple classmate, Senegalese woman Fatoumata Ndiaye-Dunbar, in a ceremony in her home country in 2013.
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