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February 5, 2010

Ex- Mille Lacs Academy Executive Director

Convicted Felon

Paul L. Smith             



        Case Number: CR-08-272-C
                PAUL L. SMITH

Paul Lynn Smith, 50, was sentenced on Thursday by United States Court Judge Robin J. Cauthron to serve 27 months in prison for embezzlement from an employee benefit plan, fraud and making false statements to Federal authorities. Judge Cauthron ordered Smith, the former executive director of the Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center in Lawton, Oklahoma  to serve two years of supervised release after his prison sentence. Smith also has to pay  $91,689.69 in restitution.

Court documents describe Paul Smith's elaborate scheme to embezzle money from Head Start's employee benefit program. Smith created a phantom consulting company and funneled funds to himself.

In 2007, Paul Smith was hired by the Nexus corporation as their new executive administrator for the Mille Lacs Academy, a juvenile sex offender facility located in Onamia, MN. According to Nexus CEO Dave Hutchinson, Smith "led an effort to build a $15 million facility" in a relocation project which put 94 convicted sex offenders in a residential neighborhood - next to day-care and elderly widows. 

October 17, 2009

UPDATE: Mille Lacs Academy Director CONVICTED!

Mille Lacs Academy Director Paul Smith was convicted by a jury in an Oklahoma Federal District Court in Oklahoma City on Thursday, October 16. He will be sentenced in January.


October 14, 2009

UPDATE: Mille Lacs Academy Director Trial Begins

Beginning with jury selection on Tuesday, October 13, the trial of Paul L. Smith, Executive Director of Mille Lacs Academy is underway at the Western Oklahoma Federal Court in Oklahoma City; the Honorable Robin J. Cauthron presiding.

Paul Smith is being tried on felony charges including multiple counts of Theft or Embezzlement from an Employee Benefit Plan, Mail Fraud; Aiding and Abetting; Fraud and making false statements. Smith is being represented by criminal lawyers Kendall A. Sykes and Mack K. Martin, of the Martin Law Office in Oklahoma City. Attorneys representing the United States of America are Scott E. Williams and Vicki Z Behenna.

Smith allegedly committed crimes while he was Director of Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center, a position similar to the one he currently holds at the Mille Lacs Academy.


June 19, 2009

Mille Lacs Academy Director Indicted

Paul L. Smith, Executive Director of Mille Lacs Academy was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in Oklahoma on June 8, 2009 on charges including embezzlement, fraud, mail fraud, and making false statements to Federal Investigators.

If convicted, Paul could face up to 30 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. His trial is slated to begin on Monday, July 13, 2009.

You can read about his alleged scams in the actual court document.

The charges against him are very serious. According to the Mille Lacs Messenger, Smith claims he is innocent and claims he'll be exonerated.

Nexus is extending its support of Smith's innocence until he is proven guilty.

Paul Smith joined the Nexus team in 2007 as the Executive Administrative Director of the Mille Lacs Academy, a privately owned facility for juvenile sex offenders. In his letter of introduction to MLA employees, he sought their assistance in pressuring authorities in order to gain tax exemption for the institution. He also addressed the problem of naysayers who opposed sex offenders in their residential neighborhood.

Read Paul Smith's Letter of Introduction


Recommended Sources

Mille Lacs County Times

Embezzler gets 27 months in federal prison


Mille Lacs Messenger

Smith convicted in Federal court


Associated Press

Ex-Center's Director Sentenced


KSWO-Lawton, OK

Update:Former head of Marie Detty Indidted


Mille Lacs Messenger

Academy director arraigned in federal court

"At least I only have a couple of vindictive, whining crybabies SLAPPing me around.

"Paul Smith had the whole United States of America prosecuting him!"


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