A group selling baked goods might be scamming Oahu residents

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IWILEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state's largest homeless service provider has received at least a dozen complaints this week about teenagers going door-to-door in Oahu neighborhoods selling baked goods and claiming the proceeds are for the nonprofit's shelter.

The problem? They're not.

Complaints have been reported in Hawaii Kai, Kaimuki, Mililani and Makiki.

Residents say those going door-to-door claimed to be volunteers with the Children's Joy Foundation raising money for the Institute for Human Services.

While the foundation is a registered charity, an IHS spokesman said the solicitors aren't working with them.

"There's a big misinformation that is spreading pretty quickly," spokesman Kimo Carvalho said. "We need to make sure everyone is aware this is not an IHS fundraiser."

Carvalho said the group's been peddling cookies and manapua for $5 in unmarked bags. Sometimes, the so-called volunteers will also flash a badge.

"There is one particular individual that did give his badge to one of our donors let him take a photo," Carvalho said. "We actually tracked that down to a home address in Chicago. When I called the Los Angeles headquarters office with this foundation they said that it is not in fact a badge that they issued."

All officers for the Children's Joy Foundation are affiliated with the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church from the Philippines.

In February, the pastor's private jet was detained at Honolulu Airport. On board, customs agents found $350,000 all in $100 bills. The money was neatly folded and stuffed inside socks in a suitcase.

Felina Selinas was arrested and claimed the cash was hers. She's identified as the church's Hawaii manager and is also a director of the charity.

On Friday, the charity's local spokesperson said his volunteers weren't trying to scam anyone and that it was all a misunderstanding. Carvalho said he's not convinced and is currently in the process of filing a police report.

IHS officials said it always lists any fundraisers its associated with on its website.

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