Nathan Kaufman: The Golf, The Money, The Alleged Crime

He played in some of Rhode Island’s biggest golf events this past summer, and now he is facing jail time. 

Nathan Kaufman of Providence was arrested by Rhode Island State Police back in September for allegedly embezzling up to $3 million from the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (UCAP), where he worked as Director of Finance from 2011 to June of 2022.

Nathan Kaufman PHOTO: RI State Police

According to a report from GoLocalProv, Kaufman allegedly began embezzling money in January of 2022 starting with $750K, $250K, and $1 million each in March and May.

Just in time for the golf season to start.

Kaufman & Golf 

According to the Rhode Island Golf Association (RIGA), Kaufman plays out of Ledgemont Country Club in Massachusetts.

While we don’t know exactly what membership Kaufman has at Ledgemont, he could have paid as much as $10K, with pool and dining minimums factored in.

The most updated cart fees and dues on the Ledgemont website are from 2020. 

Cart fees are $24 for 18 holes. 

If he brought friends, a guest fee from May to November is $70.

In June, Kaufman played in the Rhode Island Amateur qualifier at Foster Country Club, where he finished tied for medalist honors. 

However, he was later disqualified from the event and never made it to the actual RI Amateur tournament. 

Kaufman partnered with Billy Auger to play in the State Four-Ball Championship in early July where the duo finished in a tie for 55th.

Later in the month, Kaufman teed it up in the Rhode Island Stroke Play Championship at Montaup, where he finished in a tie for 34th after rounds of 75, 79 and 73. 

Then, about a month later, Kaufman played in the RI Mid-Amateur Championship at Triggs, where he finished in a tie for 22nd. 

Entry fees for all these state tournaments range from $125 to $175. Food and practice rounds are not necessarily included.

Kaufman was arrested about 20 days later. 

Following his arrest in September, the GHIN app shows that he has played at least ten more golf rounds since then, all of which came in October.

Four of those rounds were at Ledgemont.

There are no exact dates on the app, so it is unclear where the cutoff is for the September rounds, but it certainly could be more than ten.

Kaufman is currently ranked 52nd in the RI Men’s Player of the Year standings with 40 points.

From The Links to Court 

From his arrest, he was arraigned at 6th District Court and then released on $15,000 surety bail. 

He will be back in court on January 4, 2023 for his pre-arraignment conference. 

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