TARRANT, Ala. (WIAT) — The founder of The WellHouse, a nonprofit dedicated to helping human trafficking victims, is facing charges related to drug and stolen identity trafficking, and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.
Tarrant Police say 47-year-old Kimberly Tajuan McCarty, of Tarrant, has been charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking in stolen identities, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.
Tarrant Police say McCarty had recently started her own “ministry” in 2018. We’re told she left the WellHouse organization about four years ago.
Police say McCarty was arrested after they executed a search warrant at a house on Jackson Boulevard after a three month investigation into criminal activity. Police say they found several guns, large amounts of cocaine, heroin, prescription medication, stolen property, stolen identities, and marijuana.
Two others were arrested–37-year-old Octavius Owens and 21-year-old Jordan Owens, both of Tarrant. The two are charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with bond set at $2,500.
Carolyn Potter with The WellHouse said,” We’re very grieved over what’s happened with the founder while at the same time we’re very grateful that God gave her the vision and she actually founded and established the WellHouse, and it’s been 4 years since Tajuan was involved with the operations, but we care for her and are praying for her and we wish nothing but the best for Tajuan.”
“Our operation has nothing to do with that experience or what she has done or has been doing. The WellHouse is thriving in terms of needs out there with these ladies,” said Brian Parker, CFO of The WellHouse.
McCarty’s attorney released a statement Thursday evening:
Ms. McCarty knows and understands the legal process needs to run its course regarding these allegations against her. We respect that process and won’t taint it with statements regarding the allegations against Ms. McCarty. Furthermore, Ms. McCarty has certain constitutional rights we must protect; therefore, we will not address the allegations against her. The allegations will be addressed in due time, in the appropriate forum — a courtroom in the Jefferson County Courthouse- and not in the court of public opinion.
To the victims Tajuan has helped over the years, do not let this situation set you back. There are better days ahead for Tajuan and there are better days ahead for you. Keep fighting against the strongholds that come with being a trafficking victim and survivor.
CBS 42 interviewed McCarty about human trafficking on Highway 280 back in 2016–watch the interview here.