Haverhill Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Money for Reducing Veteran Suicide Rates

Warren B. Rudman United States Courthouse, home of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire located at 55 Pleasant Street, Concord, N.H.

A 48-year-old Haverhill man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Concord, N.H., to defrauding a nonprofit out of money intended to reduce suicide rates among veterans.

U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young said in a press release David Duren, also referred to as Dawud Hakiem Duren, pleaded guilty to wire fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph N. Laplante scheduled sentencing for Oct. 10.

According to court records, Duren was a program manager for a nonprofit health care provider in Nashua, N.H.  He was in charge of overseeing a program paid by a $750,000 Staff Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention Grant.  At Duren’s recommendation, the health care provider hired a company called “E3 Foundation,” purportedly led by a “Dr. Michael Rapp,” to provide services with the grant. Instead, Feds allege Duren controlled E3 Foundation and was posing as a physician on emails and calls. He was able to obtain almost $50,000 and tried to obtain an additional $25,000 before being discovered. Officials charge that Duren misused the Staff Sergeant Fox program money on personal purchases, including landscaping, a Royal Caribbean cruise and payments to models on OnlyFans.com.

Duren used a website called “Invoice Generator” to create fake invoices. Duren and E3 Foundation also did not provide the services and products that were billed.

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