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September 05, 2014

Ore. Nonprofit Executive Allegedly Lied While Collecting Public Funds

A nonprofit in Portland, Ore., received more than $1.2-million in public money over the last seven years, all while its leader allegedly lied about his credentials, according to an investigation by The Oregonian.

Clayborn Collins, chief executive of North Portland's Emmanuel Community Services, put bogus degrees on his resume, omitted information about his criminal past—which included  theft, forgery and weapons charges—and cited misinformation on both his tax filings and applications for government grants the investigation found.

Mr. Collins, who has received restraining orders from two women, landed a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women in 2013 to help victims of domestic violence. He also got $280,000 and $303,000 in consecutive years from the State of Oregon to build housing for poor families.