Nonprofit Founder Hoping 4 Change Sentenced to Four Years in Prison


Barry Isaacs is the founder of the Cincinnati nonprofit Hope 4 Change.  He has been sentenced to four years in prison for failing to pay payroll taxes and embezzlement.

Hope 4 Change had over 180 employees at one time and provides care and housing for people with disabilities. Between 2013 and
2014 Isaacs did not pay 360,000 dollars in payroll taxes that he withheld from his employees. He spent this money on personal expenses and wrote checks to himself and his family members.

Isaacs had to pay 360,000 dollars to the IRS and 216,000 dollars to OTR Capital, LLC. The restitution to OTR Capital is connected to a
separate fraud case prosecutors say was instigated by Isaacs’ ex-wife,
Teela Gilbert. Isaacs pleaded guilty in that case to wire fraud and identity

Isaacs was indicted in 2019 but fled the state.  He was found living in a hotel in Houston under a different name by the US Marshalls fugitive task force.[/vc_column_text][us_image image=”2869″][us_image image=”1723″][/vc_column][/vc_row]