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Panhandling charity potentially an ulicensed scheme

October 30, 2019


    UNCOVERED ABOUT THE DEEPER     LIFE MINISTRIES. WE CAUGHT     THE GROUP AS MEMBERS WERE     COLLECTING MONEY FROM DRIVERS     AT A LOCAL INTERSECTION. NOW     WE’RE LEARNING IT COULD     POTENTIALLY BE A CHARITY     PANHANDLING SCHEME.     >>THE GROUP WAS AT THE     INTERSECTION OF SOUTHSIDE     BOULEVARD AND TOUCHTON ROAD.     SCOTT IS THERE TO TELL US MORE     ABOUT THIS.     >>ROB, THEY WERE OUT HERE A     FEW HOURS AND I SAW THEM RAISE     A LOT OF MONEY. FOUR PEOPLE     AT THE DIFFERENT MEDIANS, AT     THE DIFFERENT PART OF THIS     VERY BUSY INTERSECTION, AS YOU     CAN SEE. THEY WERE RAISING     MONEY UNTIL THE MOMENT WE GOT     OUR CAMERA OUT. AND THEN THEY     WERE OUT OF HERE.     >>WE KNOW THE FOUR PEOPLE     WERE COLLECTING MONEY FOR AT     LEAST TWO HOURS ON SOUTHSIDE     BOULEVARD AND TOUCHTON ROAD.     THEY WERE DRESSED NICELY. MEN     WEARING SAFETY VESTS. THE     BUCKETS THEY WERE HOLDING SAID     THEY WERE RAISING MONEY FOR     CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. WE     DROVE PAST AND ONE MEMBER OF     THE GROUP TOLD ME THEY WERE     COLLECTING MONEY FOR DEEPER     LIFE MINISTRIES. SO WE PULLED     OVER TO ASK FOR MORE DETAILS.     WHEN OUR CAMERA WAS OUT, THE     GROUP QUICKLY GOT OUT OF     THERE.     >>EXCUSE ME, SIR. I’M WITH     CHANNEL 4, I WAS WONDERING IF     WE COULD ASK YOU A QUICK     QUESTION.     >>I TRIED TO FOLLOW ACROSS     BUSY SOUTHSIDE BOULEVARD, I     FOUND SOMEONE ACTUALLY BLOCKED     THE GROUP IN AS THEY TRIED TO     LEAVE. APPARENTLY ALSO     WANTING TO KNOW WHAT THE GROUP     WAS DOING.     >>WE WERE DOING A STORY ON     WHAT YOU FOLKS WERE RAISING     MONEY FOR.     >>WE’RE NOT TRYING TO GET ON     THE NEWS. THEY ALWAYS SAY BAD     THINGS ABOUT IT. SO WE DON’T     TALK TO THE NEWS.     >>YOU’RE RAISING MONEY FOR     DEEPER LIFE MINISTRIES.     >>AT THAT POINT THE WINDOW     WAS UP AND HE ANSWERED NOTHING     ELSE. I STARTED LOOKING INTO     DEEPER LIFE MINISTRIES AND     FOUND ACROSS FLORIDA MULTIPLE     MEDIA OUTLETS HAVE REPORTED ON     A GROUP EITHER WITH THAT EXACT     NAME OR SIMILAR NAME AND THEIR     AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING. I     ALSO LEARNED THE GROUP DID NOT     REQUEST A PERMIT FROM THE CITY     OF JACKSONVILLE, WHICH IS     REQUIRED TO DO THIS. NEWS4JAX     CRIME AND SAFETY ANALYST GILL     SMITH MET ME AT THE     INTERSECTION THAT SAID THE     LACK OF SPECIFICS IS A CLUE     THAT POLICE SHOULD GET     INVOLVED.     >>THEY DON’T NEED TO     INVESTIGATE ANY FURTHER, JUST     CONTACT POLICE, ALLOW THEM TO     INVESTIGATE IT. BECAUSE THEY     CAN CALL CITY HALL TO SEE IF     THEY DO HAVE A PERMIT. AND IF     THEY DON’T, THEN THEY CAN BE     ARRESTED     >>AND WE RESEARCHED THAT     DEEPER LIFE MINISTRIES. THERE     IS A GROUP WITH THAT NAME IN     TAMPA. THEY’RE REGISTERED AS     A NON-PROFIT. BUT NOT ALLOWED     TO RECEIVE CHARITY UNDER THE     FLORIDA REGULATIONS. NOW WE     DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S THE SAME     GROUP THAT WAS OUT HERE OR     THEY JUST SAID THE SAME THING.     I DON’T KNOW AT THIS POINT     BECAUSE AS YOU SAW, THEY LEFT.     WE’RE LIVE ON SOUTHSIDE     BOULEVARD, SCOTT JOHNSON,     CHANNEL 4, THE LOCAL STATION.     >>SCOTT AT THIS POINT, ANY     IDEA HOW MUCH MONEY THE GROUP     WAS ABLE TO COLLECT?     >>NO REAL WAY TO KNOW. BUT I     DO KNOW THAT THEY WERE OUT     HERE AT LEAST FROM 11 TO 1.     WHEN THEY SAW OUR CAMERAS. SO     MINIMUM TWO HOURS. AND I SAW     PEOPLE GIVING THEM MONEY

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