Many Forsyth County residents give to charities every year because they believe in their ability to help make the community a better place to live. Most of the time these charities do good work and use the funds they raise properly. However, sometimes people who lead charities are accused of illegally using the money they raised for themselves.
A prominent Forsyth County couple was recently arrested and face multiple charges relating to alleged theft from a charity they once managed.
Prosecutors say the couple diverted over $200,000 from the children’s charity to pay off their personal credit card debt and more. Earlier this year, during complicated litigation, each of them accused the other of misusing charity funds.
The couple formerly managed Kingdom Kids Charity Inc., a local organization that is designed to support children in need.
Prosecutors allege that the couple siphoned off more than $218,000 from the charity between 2012 and 2019. The couple is also accused of identity fraud by allegedly naming people to the charity’s board without their knowledge.
The allegations in this case are shocking. No one likes the idea of people stealing from a children’s charity.
Still, it’s important to remember that everyone accused of a crime deserves a defense. No one should be convicted of a crime on the word of prosecutors alone. Those accused of a crime must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Everyone accused of a crime needs a good defense attorney, and in high-profile cases, it can be especially important to seek out a criminal defense lawyer with experience.