The executive director of a South Florida business group is accused of applying for government support as a nonprofit even after the IRS revoked the group’s tax-exempt status in 2010.
Had government officials, including the Miami-Dade Department of Public Housing and Community Development, only bothered to verify the organization’s nonprofit claims, they would have found the group’s tax designation was canceled for failing to file tax returns since 2006.
PHCD caught on to the alleged scheme in 2012, but not before another $460,000 was approved.
Hilda Hall-Denis, president and executive director of the Business and Technology Development Corporation, a “business incubator,” was arrested Thursday and is facing multiple felony counts relating to the alleged misuse of local and federal funds, including U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants, according to the county’s inspector general.
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