An ex-jailbird fraudster who heads a national charity that wants to help homeless women is accused of selling donated items at her own furniture store.
Facebook posts obtained by Daily Mail Australia show the self-proclaimed Share the Dignity founder, Rochelle Courtenay, is accused of selling items she collected for another charity, Assist a Sista, in 2014 and she sells through her Shabby company Chic Me.
The revelations come amid urgent calls to authorities to investigate how Share the Dignity uses donated funds.
Daily Mail Australia revealed last week that Courtenay – who called themselves the & # 39; Pad Lady & # 39; – was imprisoned in 2010 after taking her employers out of more than $ 90,000 because she thought she wasn't being paid enough.
Her dirty laundry was broadcast because of complaints that products donated to Share the Dignity were not properly collected or delivered to people in need.
Rochelle Courtenay is a convicted fraudster who cheated her own friends and allegedly stole her charity from another woman
Rochelle Courtenay trawls for items that mean that Australians believed they were for a good cause that she helped in 2014. She was banned from the page and a message was posted by the charity warning to only get in direct contact with them
This means well that Australian women have come to Facebook to discuss their bad experiences with the convicted fraudster. Some claim items they donated in 2014 were finally sold by Rochelle Courtenay for her own personal profit
An item reportedly donated to Courtenay for Assist a Sista later appeared on her own Facebook page for sale. Courtenay was later banned from asking for donations on buying, trading, and selling sites amid accusations that she was benefiting from the items
Share the Dignity profit and loss account 2018
Funeral costs $ 15,792
Labor costs $ 148,444
Sanitary products $ 15,030
Room rental $ 146.307
Travel costs $ 26,340
Subscriptions $ 15,515
Repairs and maintenance $ 19,773
Other costs $ 11,803
Business Partnership $ 18,227
Donations / gifts $ 721,308
Fundraising $ 343,230
Grants received $ 290,680
Product sales $ 119,857
Shipment revenue $ 68,562
Funeral expenses restored to $ 16,000
Interest received $ 10,523
For income tax $ 810,239
Balance on June 30, 2018 $ 1.29 million
& # 39; The new activity level gave us the funds needed to reach our goal and 100 vending machines (worth 1 million dollars) by the end of December 2018. These funds are also an integral part of the 2019 rollout of another 100 vending machines. We will continue our fundraising efforts in 2018/19 to ensure that we reach the 600,000 deficit needed to finance the next 100 machines. & # 39;
Courtenay was imprisoned for six months after a suspended sentence of three years.
The convicted shy has changed her name before she would steal Share the Dignity from the founder, Heather Ranger, in 2015.
Facebook posts that year reveal that Mrs. Ranger founded the charity after reading the situation of homeless women on the Mamamia news website.
The charity, claiming it is its core function to offer sanitary pads to homeless women and provide funerals to victims of domestic violence, is supported by supermarket giant Woolworths, who donates five cents to charity from every package of sanitary napkins sold, including sanitary pads , tampons, liners or briefs.
Courtenay was an & # 39; ambassador & # 39; for Assist a Sista when she started asking for items on a local buying, trading, and selling Facebook page in her hometown of Sandgate – 16 km north of Brisbane.
The charity helped hundreds of families escape from domestic violence before it went into liquidation in 2015, when the operators could not agree on the future direction.
Previously it was widely supported by the Queensland community – with 43,000 Facebook followers at its peak.
The charity would house victims in fully furnished houses after escaping violent relationships.
So when Courtenay spoke for furniture, the community came up.
& # 39; They would give her everything and more & # 39 ;, a source told Daily Mail Australia.
But alarm bells sounded when various items that were donated to Courtenay & # 39; s personal furniture sales page ended up with a new coat of paint.
Allegedly she also went to the page to ask for specific hair straighteners that at that time were each sold for around $ 300.
Courtenay was told to stop trawling buying, trading, and selling pages on Facebook amid accusations that she was repairing items
The outrage caused the administrators of Assist A Sista to issue a message advising volunteers: & # 39; NO DONATIONS WILL BE MADE ON PAGE & # 39; S SELL / BUY / EXCHANGE & # 39 ;.
When Courtenay was questioned about the sale, she reportedly flew off the handle and appeared at the local administrator, swapping and selling the page manager's house furiously.
Administrator Caroline Day told Daily Mail Australia that Courtenay had acted against all charity rules and had banned her from her site.
The furious fraudster contacted Ms. Day via a Facebook message before confronting her on her front yard, she said.
& # 39; She damned me, shouted, shouted and pushed me through and I had to tell her to go off my premises or I called the police, & # 39; she said. & # 39; This is because I did not reply to her message. She turned up at my house. & # 39;
Share the dignity director Rochelle Courtenay stopped last week on the eve of the event with the Entrepreneur of the Year awards from Queensland
Help a Sista place a warning to tell people when buying, trading, and selling sites to only deliver goods directly to them. Furthermore, it does not ask volunteers to request goods on such sites. The note was made amid allegations that Rochelle had sold Courtenay well for her own profit
Rochelle Courtenay has been nominated for prestigious awards despite the fact that he was a convicted criminal who spent time in prison for fraud
Supermarket giant Woolworths has supported the charity of Courtenay and is donating money to the sale
When Courtenay contacted Daily Mail Australia on Monday, she was not in the mood to answer questions.
& # 39; I will not comment on this malicious story that is going on. I'm sorry, I'm just not interested, & she said. & # 39; I have women to help and that is the job I have to do. & # 39;
Asked whether she fulfilled that task, she hung up.
While the rally against Courtenay continues, it was revealed last week that she had lost the presentation of Queensland's Entrepreneur Of The Year awards on the eve of the event.
It is believed that several sponsors have already dumped the charity and there is a Facebook group called & # 39; Stop the Dodgy & # 39; where alleged victims of Courtenay exchange stories.
The group calls for an urgent investigation into the charity boss, with speculation about what it is Spare the Dignity spends its charity contributions on.
One of the hundreds of collection bins set up by Woolworths throughout the country. The supermarket giant has stood behind the convicted fraudster, despite the public's concern that everything is not right within Share the Dignity
An assessment of the latest financial report for the year ending June 30, 2018 shows that Spare the Dignity only spent $ 15,030 on sanitary items.
On the charity website it says that $ 15 a woman delivers a supply of pads and tampons every month & # 39 ;.
Rochelle Courtenay aka Rochelle Maurece Rostirolla
2010: Prison for three years after she fleece her employers from more than $ 90,000. She served six months.
Changes its name twice and registers companies under different names.
2014: become an & # 39; ambassador & # 39; for Assist a Sista and is banned from a buy, exchange and sale page for allegedly sold items on its personal page
2015: Assist a Sista folds and Courtenay collaborates with Heather Ranger, who created Share the Dignity
Courtenay takes over the charity and officially registers its name
2015-2018: Share the Dignity goes viral and receives hundreds of thousands of donations
2019: Woolworths backs Share dignity and place collection boxes across the country
Courtenay is exposed as a fraud with concern about money and items collected by Share the Dignity do not go to people in need
If the numbers are correct, the amount corresponds to helping 83 women with pads for the whole year.
The report shows & # 39; other costs & # 39; at $ 11,803, funeral expenses at $ 15,792 (although it mentions that $ 16,000 was recovered later), labor costs at $ 148,444 and room hire at $ 146,307.
The results did not go unnoticed by concerned commentators.
& # 39; Wowsers! I just saw the profit and loss account. Why did she have to spend $ 15k on sanitary items when she donated so much? And the room rental is crazy! Does she mean her office? What did she accept?! The bloody opera house?!, & # 39; placed a woman.
& # 39; They paid for a funeral, but received the money from the government and then told everyone that they pay for the funerals of many women if they are killed by domestic violence, but they literally paid for only one, & # 39; another source said. & # 39; Then they used the family to get more money. & # 39;
Woolworths said last week that it would stand behind the scammer despite her filthy past and questions about her current accountability.
The financial report of Share the Dignity shows that the charity still had $ 1,040,532 with the bank at the end of the last financial year.
& # 39; They say they need more and more money to buy sanitary items, but they have only spent $ 15k on sanitary items and still raised $ 1.5 MILLION & # 39 ;, a woman said. & # 39; Math is not my best thing. But is that 1% if seriously 1% of the money raised was used to purchase sanitary items. & # 39;
Donna Stolzenberg, of the National Homeless Collective in Melbourne, said it was important for charities to remember that their donations are for the people they support.
& # 39; Not for financial investments and profits. With the increase in homelessness and domestic violence, it makes no sense at all for a charity to save money for a rainy day. People are suffering and now need support. Not in five years when a charity investment portfolio becomes mature, & she said.
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