A Complaint With The New York AG’s Charities Bureau Alleges WTBQ Station Manager Taylor Sterling’s Non-Profit Is A Scam
We received a few tips that question the legitimacy of WTBQ Station Manager Taylor Sterling’s charity. The tips came in after I posted an article about Sterling declaring bankruptcy while living La Vita Loca in Florida.
Sterling aka Joy Taylor brags about working with food recovery organizations and food charities in the Hudson Valley. Unfortunately, no one seems to know anything about her charity.
The tipsters informed us that the WTBQ Station Manager’s claims about helping starving families were dubious at best. Tipsters also informed us of several complaints filed with the Charities Bureau of the NY Attorney General’s Office.
We found the cache of the now defunct Feeding Families website. The site makes grandiose statements about WTBQ Station Manager Joy Taylor accomplishments. This one that could not be confirmed by the USDA or any food recovery programs in the Hudson Valley:
“We, at Feeding Families, Inc, speak from experience. A recent donation fueled our passion to feed as many hungry families as possible on America healthy food. The co-owner of a wholesale food brokerage firm, and Joy Taylor, were able to facilitate a donation of over 130,000 lbs of fresh frozen fruits and vegetables.”
Taylor Sterling’s Claims Don’t Match Her Non-Existent Corporate Filings
According to the Corporations Division of the New York Department of State, Feeding Families incorporated in 2007 at an address in the Bronx. This is the same address that Sterling lists on her Chapter 7 bankruptcy as one of her previous addresses.
Yet, it appears she has never filed any annual reports with the IRS or New York State. She has also never made any food donations. In addition, she has never filed a 990 or 990-N filing with the IRS since Feeding Families has been allegedly operating.
Feeding Families is also not listed in her 2011 bankruptcy petition. Her petition states she was in Florida collecting unemployment and living off credit cards in 2010. Sterling’s claims on her bankruptcy petition also contradict information from Dun & Bradstreet. D&B lists Feeding Families as a beef cattle feedlot located on a ,05 acre lot in the heart of Brooklyn. Feeding Families received between $88,000 to $92,000 in revenue in 2010 while Joy Doe claims she was in Florida.
It seems like I’m not the only one who noticed the difference between Sterling’s grandiose claims. Her bolstering doesn’t match what she has filed with the state and the federal government. The Charities Bureau of New York Attorney General’s Office received several complaints about Feeding Families.
Feeding Families has never filed a Form 990 or 990-N. Joy Doe claims Feeding Families provided food and was accepting donations through a Paypal button on their website that at the time of the complaint was still active.
NYS Has Host Of Complaints Filed Against Feeding Families
It appears that the person filing the complaint has extensive experience in food recovery programs. It also seems like they have serious concerns about what Joy Doe is claiming and what she is actually doing.
The person writes in their complaint:
“I am appalled that someone would potentially scam others over this issue”
“I am further concerned that I can’t locate any tax filings and the identity of the Executive Director is more than suspect. I’m actually curious if you will be able to ascertain her true identity.”
The person filing the complaint asked to remain anonymous out of fear of Joy Doe’s retribution. The person fears Sterling will use her position at WTBQ and her relationship with Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus as a way to destroy their family business.
“I request that my complaint remain confidential. Here is why. In the past two years, the Executive Director, whatever her real name might be, has assumed control of radio station WTBQ. Since then she has made it a propaganda arm of the current Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. Not only does Neuhaus have his own weekly show he is a frequent guest on many others. Sterling will frequently repeat the talking points or positions of Neuhaus on whatever issue may be coming up. She has removed roughly 75% of the previous on-air talent and staff, many being removed because they don’t agree with her political agenda, including a vocal critic of Neuhaus and his activities. Having someone with the power of a radio station is extremely disconcerting.