A 45-year-old woman is being accused of taking money, using a ministry that she founded. According to the sheriff's office, the woman allegedly committed 88 counts of fraud, giving her a bond of $250,000. She has been arrested on the fraud charge in Louisiana.
The report claims that the police began to get reports of suspicious activity on the part of the woman through her non-profit organization. The authorities then issued warnings to local residents and churches against donating to the woman's ministry. The woman has since been arrested and charged with Monetary Instrument Abuse.
According to the report, the woman does have a history of arrest for fraud, including an arrest and conviction in 2014. She was said to have been committing bank fraud using the ministry name at that time. She was already on parole for those charges when this arrest was made.
The ministry that she was running was trying to collect donations in order to help run a recovery house. They were also seeking sponsors for the house. According to an interview that the ministry's directors had with the news, if they cannot purchase a building to lessen their expenses, they will have to close. The ministry has been shut down since the arrest.
For those in Louisiana who are facing a fraud charge, it can seem difficult to overcome the accusations. It can be beneficial in such cases for the accused to speak with a criminal attorney. This type of lawyer can guide the client on the best way to fight the charges and present the best defense possible in his or her case.
Source: ksla.com, "Women of Diversity Ministries founder arrested, accused of financial fraud", Aug. 31, 2017