GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For Beverly Green, the lifelong dream of owning a daycare center was close to becoming a reality.
“This was my dream,” she said with tears in her eyes. “It’s hard to talk about.”
Green had rented a building. The signs and flyers for her business were printed. She’d purchased thousands of dollars worth of toys, books and teaching materials. She’d even received her license to legally do business.
The only thing Green needed to open the doors of her child care center was a little bit of capital, money for classroom equipment, to pay staff, and to put in a new playground.
That's when Green says she heard an advertisement on the radio for a woman named Denise Betts-Moore, who runs a Texas-based company called Trinity Consulting Associates.
Over the phone, Green says Betts-Moore promised to secure at least $250,000 worth of grant money to get her child care center started. All Green had to do was pay a $3,000 fee up front.
“She said she was a Christian so that related to us even more,” Green said.
Green paid the fee and thought her application for that grant money was submitted. She says good news came when she received a letter dated February 2011 stating her application had been "accepted and approved."
However, Green says she never received any money and Denise Betts-Moore wasn't returning any of her calls. With no money, Green was forced to break her lease and bring home everything that once filled the child care center.
“To turn the keys over, it was heartbreaking. It was hard, very hard,” Green said.
3 On Your Side contacted Denise Betts-Moore who she sent us an email stating, "at no time did I ever guarantee her anything, as grants are not guaranteed."
But what about that letter that she mailed Green saying the grant application had been approved?
A 3 On Your Side producer confronted Denise Betts-Moore about the so-called approved and the grant money that never arrived, but we never got an answer because Denise Betts-Moore hung up the phone on us.
In the meantime, Green is still trying to get her day care facility off the ground.
“No matter what it takes, that's our goal, to bring up our day care, bring up our church,” she said. “It's in us.”
According to the Better Business Bureau, Trinity Consulting has three complaints and an F-rating.