- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - The head of a South Florida nonprofit that was supposed to help fledgling businesses has pleaded guilty to attempting defraud and to identity theft.

Hilda Hall-Dennis was sentenced Wednesday (https://hrld.us/1wiw9mm ) to 146 days in jail and nearly $33,000 in restitution as part of a plea deal. Hall-Dennis’s nonprofit Business Development Technology Corp. opened in 2003 in Homestead as a business incubator, providing support for those trying to start companies in the area. It received some $460,000 in federal and other grants but lost its tax-exempt status in 2011. Hall-Dennis also received funds to hire a blind receptionist but paid the woman only a small portion of her salary. She also double-billed local and state government. As part of the deal, her conviction will not show up on her record.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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