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Lead Safe America founder Tamara Rubin was arrested Tuesday on seven counts of theft, and other charges of public assistance fraud.

This story has been updated from its original version with new and corrected information.

COURTESY: TAMARA RUBIN - A photo from Tamara Rubin's Lead Safe Mama Facebook page shows her being booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. 'My life is an OPEN BOOK,' she writes. A Portland mom who rose to national prominence as founder of the Lead Safe America Foundation was booked into Multnomah County Jail Tuesday on nine felony counts, including first-degree theft, public assistance fraud and food stamp fraud.

Rubin, who is posting videos and statements on her public Facebook page, said the charges are bogus.

"The usual: false allegations... various people have it out for me because I am making a difference in the world and helping people," Rubin wrote.

Rubin's nonprofit Lead Safe America Foundation has filed for dissolution with the state following a 2016 Oregon Department of Justice investigation into financial mismanagement.

A request to the Department of Justice for the official results of that investigation resulted in a referral to the Multnomah District Attorney's office, who is prosecuting Rubin. A spokesman for District Attorney Rod Underhill declined comment, citing the ongoing prosecution and Oregon rules disallowing comment.

Deputy District Attorney Adam Gibbs said he could say that the prosecution "was the result of investigative efforts by the DOJ and (Department of Human Services)."


See previous coverage: Lead Safe America in financial disarray


The charges range in date from December 2014 to September 2016.

Rubin posted a letter from the Internal Revenue Service on her blog in October showing that its audit showed she had no change in her tax liability.

Rubin's bail is set at $45,000, according to court documents, but Rubin said she did not pay anything and was released on her own recgonizance. The court documents also say she declined to list her employment and education history. Rubin tells the Tribune that is false; she was never asked.

The charges likely directly relate to her role as executive director of LSAF.

Richard Seymour, a consultant brought in when the LSAF board ousted Rubin and her husband, said the nonprofit couldn't continue with its debt load and the lack of cooperation from the Rubins in turning over documents.

Rubin continued her advocacy work after her ouster and is pleading with supporters to fund her legal fees through a GoFundMe page. In nine months, 275 people had donated nearly $10,000 of her $40,000 goal as of this writing.

"They are trying to break me with legal fees and attempts at destroying my reputation," Rubin wrote on her personal Facebook profile.

Rubin made a court appearance Wednesday morning.



UPDATE (11/30/17): New information was added, both from Deputy DA Gibbs, as well as statements from Rubin that she was not asked for bail money, was not asked for her employment and education information, and has a letter from the IRS clearing her of additional tax liability.


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