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March 08, 2016

Florida Congresswoman Linked to Fraudulent Nonprofit

A Florida congresswoman hosted a charity golfing event that benefitted a phony nonprofit, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The 2013 Congresswoman Corrine Brown Invitational, named for and hosted by the Democratic lawmaker, aimed to raise money for One Door for Education Inc. Authorities say the organization, incorporated in 2011, never obtained charity status, nor did it file state or federal tax returns. One Door founder Carla Wiley pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and has agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

The group has raised $800,000 from corporations, private philanthropies, and other donors, but from 2012 through this year it awarded only one scholarship, worth $1,000, and founder Ms. Wiley withdrew or transferred to personal accounts more than $140,000, according to a plea agreement. Ms. Brown declined to comment on the case.