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Ex-nonprofit CEO gets 2 years in federal prison for fraud schemes

Glenda Hodges

The 72-year-old former CEO of a Maryland nonprofit on Monday admitted to using grant money intended for domestic violence services to prop up her failing weight loss clinic and will serve two years in federal prison.

Glenda Hodges also admitted to defrauding another victim while she was on pretrial release and awaiting prosecution in the initial case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland announced.

Hodges pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, admitted to a host of other accusations under her plea agreement.

The office said that U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Hodges, of Clinton, to two years in federal prison and three years of supervised release.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Meghan Michael, who represented Hodges, said Tuesday that Hodges “regrets the mistakes she made in managing her nonprofit organization.”

Dr. Hodges is an incredibly accomplished woman who has spent decades using her many talents not for personal profit, but in service of her community,” Michael said. “We hope these events will not overshadow the lifetime of good work that Dr. Hodges has done.”

The case involved the nonprofit that Hodges operated, Still I Rise, which claimed to provide services to the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Hodges received more than $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women and Prince George’s County between 2010 and 2017, which believed she would administer a violence against women program through Still I Rise.

The funding was intended to be used for services, including support groups, financial and job counseling, court and medical accompaniment and language services.

Hodges admitted Monday that she diverted money from the grants to cover personal expenses and payroll at her for-profit medical weight loss clinic, the Women’s Wellness Center, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She exhausted a three-year federal grant within 16 months, investigators reported in court records, triggering a review of Still I Rise’s spending.

Hodges also admitted to several other instances of fraud, including opening credit accounts using the identity of an elderly volunteer at Still I Rise without the woman’s knowledge in 2016. Hodges had the woman medically transported to a bank while she was recovering from a life-threatening infection in an effort to secure one of the lines of credit, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and court records.

Hodges accumulated about $40,000 in debt under the victim’s name, the office said.

Former employees of Hodge’s weight-loss clinic also told investigators that Hodges had presented herself as a medical doctor and told staff to inject saline solution into patients instead of a fat-dissolution compound, according to court records. The clinic’s former medical director told agents that he instructed staff not to do so.

A special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General filed a criminal complaint against Hodges in U.S. District Court in Maryland in June 2020. A grand jury indicted Hodges a month later.

While Hodges was free on pretrial supervision, the government received a tip that Hodges had defrauded another person, according to court filings.

The government alleged that Hodges instructed a 74-year-old woman to sign over $75,000 to Hodges on the understanding that Hodges would manage the funds while the woman moved to another state.

When the woman grew uncomfortable with the arrangement, Hodges refused to return the money. Hodges admitted Monday to using the woman’s money for personal expenses.

The total loss to the Office of Violence Against Women and to four fraud victims was at least $295,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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