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April 03, 2015

Fla. Nonprofit Head Says Identity Theft Hijacked Charity

The founder of an organization in Tampa, Fla., that offers after-school care and other services for at-risk youths claims that a convicted identify thief has taken control of the organization, using routine documents available publicly through a state charity registry, Tampa television station WFTS reports.

Terry Dow-Harris alleges that Sabrina Miller-White, a friend of her daughter whom she invited to join the board of Kingdom Purpose Teach One Reach One, accessed the charity’s paperwork from Sunbiz.org, a corporate registry run by the Florida Secretary of State’s office. Ms. Miller-White made herself president of the organization and used that status to alter the organization’s Internal Revenue Service records, allowing her to collect donations, according to Ms. Dow-Harris.

The charity’s founder said she had kicked Ms. Miller-White off the board after learning she was on probation for felony identify-theft charges. Ms. Miller-White referred questions to an attorney, who said his client was an original member of the Kingdom Purpose board and has as much claim to the organization as Ms. Dow-Harris. The Secretary of State’s office said filing false information to its corporations division is a felony, but the division is a “filing agency with limited regulatory oversight” and “cannot analyze or regulate the information filed with us.”