The Greenwood Police Department is investigating a possible scam involving an organization that claimed to be a nonprofit.
Marcus Scurry, 32, was arrested last Thursday afternoon after it was discovered he was wanted in Clayton County, Ga., for violating his probation. He was charged as a fugitive from justice and taken to the Greenwood County Detention Center.
According to records obtained from Clayton County, Ga., Scurry is wanted for absconding from probation he received on charges of theft by deception. The charges stem from allegations that he solicited money from individuals to qualify them for assistance programs while employed by the Clayton County Community Center, an organization that helps individuals with rent, utilities and food. In exchange for the cash, Scurry would either move those that paid him up the waiting list or alter applications to make sure they qualified for the programs.
On Monday, a report was filed with GPD alleging that the organization Scurry started in Greenwood, Reelizin’ Our Dreams, is not a registered nonprofit organization. Scurry has solicited funds throughout Greenwood for Reelizin’ Our Dreams, claiming it to be a nonprofit organization. The organization is not registered with the S.C. Department of Revenue or with the IRS.
The report also states that there are some discrepancies in the financial records at Community Initiatives, a nonprofit organization where Scurry was an employee, that possibly involve Scurry. The report states that an audit will be performed and law enforcement notified if there is any illegal activity discovered.
Rebecca Abrahamsen, executive director of Community Initiatives, declined to comment on the situation other than to say that Scurry was employed by Community Initiatives. Sources close to the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, say that Scurry was placed on administrative leave several weeks ago. Scurry was to clear up the situation in Georgia before being allowed to return to work. Scurry told the board of directors that the situation was resolved and the board voted to allow him to return to work, sources said.
At least two board members have resigned from the Community Initiatives board of directors. Alice Hodges, who is also the executive director of Meg’s House, says that she resigned for personal reasons not related to the situation with Scurry. Hodges also confirmed that state Sen. Floyd Nicholson also resigned from the board. Sen. Nicholson did not return calls seeking comment on the reasons for his resignation.
Sources said that there was dissension among board members concerning Scurry’s employment and some other issues that the organization is currently facing. Abrahamsen did confirm that she is resigning her position with Community Initiatives effective Aug. 9. Abrahamsen took over for former executive director and co-founder Dr. Elizabeth Bethel in March.