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In Your Corner: Free money scam


Kandace Harlan has big plans for her new childcare center.

When she ran out of cash, she tried applying for free federal money online.

Kandace says someone posing as the federal government suggested she hire Cooper Financial Services to help write and submit her grant proposal. 

She said, “It states in here everything I needed to do and needed to follow.”

Kandace filled out the paperwork, mailed it, along with a money order, to this Miami address. 

“He said by April I’d have the money,” Kandace said. “And it didn’t happen and they stopped answering the phone and I haven’t heard from them three or four months now.”

Our investigation uncovered hundreds more victims online.

Most allege they were scammed by someone using the names Jeff O’Brian and Rosa De Brett.

Kandace is out hundreds of dollars…and for now, her dream of becoming a first time business owner. 

“I feel angry,” she said. “I really feel angry, but I still know I need to go on. I’m not going to let this stop me.”

You’ll never have to pay cash for a free government grant.

Websites like grants.gov and sba.gov help you find and apply for legitimate federal grants.