Bossier woman arrested on 88 counts in fraud case

Brenda HillThe Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office said Thursday that it has arrested a Bossier City woman on 88 counts related to the allegedly fraudulent use of a local ministry.

Brenda Hill, 45, was arrested on 88 counts of monetary instrument abuse, the sheriff's office said. Her bail was set at $250,000.

Authorities had received reports of possible suspicious activity into an organization run by Hill, Women of Diversity, the sheriff's office said.

Hill has a criminal history of financial fraud, authorities said.

The sheriff's office sent a letter last week to more than 100 Bossier Parish churches warning them to be wary of Women of Diversity.

According to the Women of Diversity website, womenofdiversitymin.org, the vision of Hill and Assistant Executive Director Jeannie Herman is to provide a safe place to live for people who need help transitioning back into productive lifestyles.

“Women of Diversity Ministries in (Bossier City) started as a social support group in 2015. We were led to buy a hotel and transform it into a rehabilitation center,” the group’s Facebook page states. “We can provide you with a supportive, faith-based atmosphere, no matter what kind of situation you are recovering from. Our goal is to teach you how to live without your addictions and help you recover from abuse.”

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More than 100 churches in Bossier Parish recently received a letter from Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington warning them to be wary of a local ministry, police said.

According to a release from the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, police began looking into Bossier City nonprofit organization Women of Diversity two weeks ago.

"(Detectives) discovered that Brenda Hill, listed on their brochure and website as the founder of Women of Diversity Ministries, has a lengthy criminal history of financial scams and fraud," the release from BPSO alleges. "In 2014, Hill was arrested in Caddo Parish and convicted of bank fraud involving an organization using the name, 'Women of Diversity, LLC.'"

She was paroled in January 2016, according to BPSO.


Letter sent to churches by Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington. (Photo: BPSO)

 

According to the Women of Diversity website, womenofdiversitymin.org, the vision of Hill and Assistant Executive Director Jeannie Herman is to provide a safe place to live for people who need help transitioning back into productive lifestyles.

“Women of Diversity Ministries in (Bossier City) started as a social support group in 2015. We were led to buy a hotel and transform it into a rehabilitation center,” the group’s Facebook page states. “We can provide you with a supportive, faith-based atmosphere, no matter what kind of situation you are recovering from. Our goal is to teach you how to live without your addictions and help you recover from abuse.”

BPSO’s warning stems from the ministry’s recent attempts to solicit donations for its recovery house at the old Budgetel hotel in Bossier City, police said.

“I would urge you to seriously consider whether to allow these individuals Brenda Hill and Jeannie Herman into your church,” Whittington’s letter to pastors states.

The letter also notes that no one has been charged with any crimes in connection with this group.

Multiple messages left for Hill and the Women of Diversity organization have yet to be returned.

 

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