'Ride 2 Freedom' sham targets low income people through church

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by Chris Nagus / News 4 Investigates

KMOV.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 9:04 AM

(KMOV) – News 4 uncovered a scam spanning three states and targeting low income people who are in need of a vehicle.

A Flyer for something called “Ride 2 Freedom” caught the attention of Rhonda Jenkins of Centerville. She was in need of a car and the company was offering vouchers for vehicles, in some cases up to $5,500.

“They say they work with local car dealers to get vehicles.

All Jenkins needed to do was send in an $85 application fee via paypal. She followed through but the car never did.

“Ride 2 Freedom” is a for-profit corporation registered in Florida. It lists two directors, including Rosia Duncan who lives in Louisiana.

“I said I want my name off that organization. I called Mr. Gary last Saturday,” Duncan claimed.

Gary Daginella is the other named tied to the company on the state records. Daginella told News 4 over the phone he never made a dime and that “Ride 2 Freedom” was created by a woman named Chris Malachi.

Her name showed up all over the emails to consumers but apparently that’s not a real name.

“Her name is Chris Magee,” Duncan said, who claimed she is to blame for everything.

Consumers from Arkansas to Florida are sounding off on “Rides 2 Freedom” Facebook page saying Malachi promised to get them cars but never delivered.

Duncan said the woman with two names made a lot of promises. She has filed a police report against Malachi/McGee claiming she two was swindled by her.

The sham used the House of Deliverance and Prayer Church to get low income people signed up.

That is one reason Jenkins trusted them because of the name being associated with the church.

“I’m thinking it’s legit because it’s a faith based program,” Jenkins said.

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