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Charity closes over misuse of funds

Officials in Ohio say a former Toledo charity that encouraged youths to go door to door and collect

Published: March 13, 2017 4:00 AM

TOLEDO (AP) -- A former Toledo charity that encouraged youths to go door to door and collect money will shut down due to the founder's misuse of donor funds, state officials said.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office announced a court settlement earlier this month filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court that closes Teens With Dreams, a Columbus nonprofit.

Founder Darnell Robinson, 35, agreed to cease the organization and not found another Ohio nonprofit, The Blade reported.

The group's mission claimed to find activities for teens and assist senior citizens. Authorities said the youths, ages 11 to 16, would give the donations to Robinson and keep a portion themselves. An investigation determined "much of the money" went to Robinson.

State investigators determined the nonprofit failed to obtain certification as a as 501(c)(3) group, fully account for its charitable money and properly register with the state attorney general, the newspaper reported.


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