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Charity under scrutiny for allegedly taking advantage of homeless OKC family

OKLAHOMA CITY – It started with the promise of a better life, and a fresh start. Now one homeless family is in the middle of an Oklahoma City charity group’s controversy.

“We’re just a family that was down on its luck,” said Toni Talley. “Just trying to get back up.”

Talley and her family were homeless living near an Oklahoma City park, when they were approached by members of a group called ‘Love Thy Neighbor – Oklahoma City Chapter.’ The group offered to move Toni’s family into an Oklahoma City motel, and started soliciting donations for the family online.

Their post caught the eye of Stephany Moreno.

“I just commented saying hey whenever they get settled, I’ll be more than willing to call and pay for a couple nights via my credit card,” said Stephany. “About an hour later, a lady sent me a message asking where are you located…I’ll come get the cash.”

The request didn’t sit well with Stephany. She sat down to research the group, only to find the post was gone.

In fact, the group itself was shortly disbanded. Suddenly donations were allegedly missing, with members of the group wondering what had happened.

“I don’t know what happened to that money, or those donations that were collected,” said Erika King, co-founder of Love Thy Neighbor.

We spoke with an administrator of the group who was reportedly in charge of collecting the donations. She claims the donations were dropped off in full to the family.

But the family seems to dispute that version.

“Nobody has really helped, besides put us in a hotel room,” said Talley. “But I’m very grateful for that.”

“That is a lie, that is a complete lie,” said the administrator. “That really upsets me that they would say that.”

Stephany Moreno has since filed a report with the Oklahoma City Police Department, claiming ‘Love Thy Neighbor – OKC’ was taking advantage of the family.

We’re told the family was moved to another motel Thursday morning by Moreno.

If you would like to donate or help, Stepheny requests that you email her at stephmoreno07@yahoo.com