'Prophetess' accused of stealing $160K in food from hungry kids - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Prophetess' accused of stealing $160K in food from hungry kids

Jeanette Jives-Nealy (Source: SCSO) Jeanette Jives-Nealy (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A woman who calls herself a prophet finds herself behind bars after officials said she took money intended to be used to feed hungry children.

According to authorities, Jeanette Jives-Neally, profited at the expense of children.

"When you want something bad enough, you are going to do what it takes to get what you want," she said in a YouTube video.

Authorities said that is just what Nealy did when given money from a government program aimed at providing food to hungry children during the summer.

According to the indictment, Nealy has been arrested and charged with spending over $160,000 of government funds from a grant program given to Kingdom Dominion Worldwide Ministries, Inc., which was supposed to use the money in the Summer Food Service Program to feed children.

Nealy was operating the ministry out of a building on East Brooks Road for a little more than a year. 

According to the Department of Human Services, it wasn't until they came out for a monitoring visit that they discovered something was wrong.

DHS discovered children were not being fed with the money, and they demanded Nealy and the group give the money back.

No one was available for comment at Dominion Worldwide Ministries, Inc.

For people who live in the area, they said the misuse of funds like this only makes it more difficult for legitimate ministries to help those in need.

"It makes the rules and qualifications a little harder for the people who are trying to do the right thing," Eddie Harris said. "They won't trust the next person."

According to various other news reports, Nealy has been accused of fraud previously in Florida. 

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