Charity admits cheating women
Anne-Louise Brown | 19th December 2009 2:50 AM
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said the Sydney-based group, had apologized for misrepresenting its services and repaid about $120,000 to affected women.
The charity ran two homes for troubled young women – at Glenview on the Coast and in Sydney.
Both homes have closed. The Glenview centre shut its doors last July amid controversy.
ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said Mercy Ministries had advertised its services as free, but then asked residents to sign over their Centrelink payments in return for treatment. …
…“Also, Mercy Ministries misrepresented that it offered professional support from qualified specialists when in fact that was not the case.”Last year, the group became embroiled in a national controversy when three girls who had gone through the program, including two on the Sunshine Coast, went public with their claims of mistreatment.
They alleged the six-month programs had left them suicidal.
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