Secretary of State slaps Oxford House with fine

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Charities Division has ordered Silver Spring, MD-based Oxford House Inc. to cease and desist soliciting donations in the state.

The Secretary of State’s office said Oxford House didn’t qualify for an exemption to registering as charity in the state. Oxford House said it qualified for an exemption because it didn’t intend to solicit and receive more than $25,000 during any 12 month period.

But the Secretary of State’s office said a review of Oxford House’s Form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Services showed the organization received more than $400,000 in contributions and grants.

Oxford House Attorney Steve Polin said Wednesday said Oxford House and the Secretary of State have a different interpretation of the charity law.

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5/27/15