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GoFundMe Freezes $184K Donated to Black Homeless Teen After White Woman Questions His Story, Tries to Dictate How Money Should Be Spent

Screenshot of Fred Barley (left) and Casey Blaney (right) from a video they took together in Blaney's car. Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Screenshot of Fred Barley (left) and Casey Blaney (right) from a video they took together in Blaney’s car. Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The woman who launched a wildly successful GoFundMe page for a Black, homeless college student is now questioning his story after a disagreement over how the donated funds should be spent. Due to her suspicions, GoFundMe has frozen access to the $184,000 in donated money.

Barnesville, Georgia woman Casey Blaney started the crowdfunding page for 19-year-old Fred Barely, whose story of triumph in the face of defeat captured the hearts of people across the country. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Barley told people he was homeless after embarking on a 50-mile bike ride from Conyers to Barnesville to register for his second semester at Gordon State College. Police officers reportedly found the young man living in a tent on campus, after which they paid for his lodging at a local motel with money from their own pockets.

The teen’s sad story compelled Blaney to launch a GoFundMe campaign, which received some some 5,700 donations over a span of 12 days. Barley expressed his gratitude to the Barnesville woman and could be seen thanking her in a series of posts and videos uploaded to Blaney’s Facebook page.

But a rift occurred in the newfound friendship when Barley objected to Blaney’s plans of what he should do with the $184,000 he received in donations. According to the AJC, the college student posted a message to Facebook saying he disapproved of Blaney’s plans to place the funds in a trust; the only way he would agree to doing so was if he could choose an attorney and trustee on his own.

Blaney halted donations to the fund last week due to the “sheer size of the amount given,” and announced that the money received so far would be placed in a fun11d, the publication reports. But beforehand, there appeared to be no stipulations that forced Barley to agree with her plans on how to spend the money or who to trust it with.

Blaney later replied to the teen’s post on her “Success for Fred” Facebook page Wednesday evening.

“Unfortunately, multiple questions have been raised about Fred’s story,” she wrote. “We’ve received conflicting information about his initial story. … We’ve asked for the campaign to be reviewed.”

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It’s unclear exactly what questions were raised, but officials at GoFundMe have since frozen the account and are currently investigating Barley’s claims.

“The funds raised are placed on hold and cannot be withdrawn until all the questions have been answered,” GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said in a statement. “… If they are not, we will refund the donors.”

A petition has since been launched for GoFundMe to release the money back to Barley.

“Freddy Kennedie Barley has NOT spoken with [Blaney’s] lawyers nor has he approved a trustee for this “Trust” fund,” it reads. “Please sign our petition to stop the non-sense, have this young mans money released and let this young man continue to be responsible for his own future.”

The petition has since garnered over 2,000 signatures.

Since the debacle, the New York Times reported that Barley went into hiding after being accused of taking the money and fleeing, even though funds from the account have yet to be disbursed.

The teen released this statement late Wednesday evening.

Blaney was also accused of keeping the donated money for herself, according to the New York Times. She’s only speaking through her attorney,Wright Gammon, at this time.

“The only person getting hands on the money is Fred if he’s in school and the trustee that’s going to make the decisions as to when and how much to pay,” Gammon told the AJC.

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90 thoughts on “GoFundMe Freezes $184K Donated to Black Homeless Teen After White Woman Questions His Story, Tries to Dictate How Money Should Be Spent

  1. This is just like a white bitch

    I have heard story after story from my ex's, all white men, about how when leaving the white girls they dated, the white women would some how either leave them in a financial strain with debt, or leave with a huge chunk of their money. How? You're not married to her, and have no kids by her, but some how these white chicks end up with a huge chunk of the man's money or put him in debt.

    After seeing how much money was raised, the snake now wants a cut.

  2. This is sooooo sad she think she did a lil black boy a favor an wanted to show boat it by doing a follow to fund an then when she couldn't control him with it she stop the money an questioned his story girl bye so full of shit

  3. She saw all that money and wants it for herself..I said this was going to happen… I knew it…..

  4. She probably didn't think it'd gain so much money.

  5. There is a special place in hell for this sorry heifer if she does not release the money to Fred.

  6. Carol Eskra says:

    Hope the money colleced does pay for college, and not a new lambo!

  7. thats why there will be a trust fund and trustee .. the kid just wants to use his own lawyer.

  8. Ralph Rawls says:

    white folks aint helping black people unless they profit also in the end …FOH

  9. There is something really shady here. He is 19 years old– well over the age at which he should be required to have a trustee. I did not know that you could start a crowd fund and solicit donations for an individual and then YOU get to place demands on how the person gets access to the funds (?). This "trustee" business sounds like a slick way for the woman to get a cut of the money The attorney will undoubtedly charge fees for their service, which this young man did not ask for. The attorney (selected by the woman) could easily slide her a few dollars. If this cannot be resolved and the money can not reach Fred directly, I'd rather GoFundMe refund the donors who can then choose to give the funds via another campaign.

  10. That's mighty racist of you. My ancestors where poor German farmers. Grow up and stop judging people on the color of their skin. You don't want people to do that to you and yet you do the very same thing to millions of people.

  11. Probably didn't realize that the guy she helped would have more money than her. Of course it's something to fear over.

  12. So now she has questions but she didn't think to question his story before she launched a Go Fund Me? Sounds like she wants to keep some of it or control how he spends it and she shouldn't be trying to do either if she is just a good samaritan who cares about this young man!

  13. Seems she only had questions after he objected to her choosing a trustee. How much control she wanted.

  14. Kathy Lucas says:

    I hope that they refund the rest of the money and the people can send it to him directly. Can we say this is treachery is due to white supremacy? I think we can and I am trying to be as nice as I can. They just have to have control over everything. Pitiful

  15. Kathy Lucas says:

    I hope that they refund the rest of the money and the people can send it to him directly. Can we say this is treachery is due to white supremacy? I think we can and I am trying to be as nice as I can. They just have to have control over everything. Pitiful

  16. See how white women think? Bitch gone say a new lambo. Bitch u just mad cuz you want it for botox injections for your poor aging.

  17. The money needs to be returned to the donors and then donate to him directly. She just wanted her hands on it, but that's the nature of the beast……. She wants her hands on it greedy bih….. Yep I said it…. If he's putting in a trust s it's none of her damn business.

  18. Donna Brooks says:

    She is full of shit! She wanted to have control from the start because she could have set up the account in his where he could draw the money down whenever he needed to. Why should she have to monitor what he does with money that was given to him.

    She saw the monies coming in and got greedy so she devised a lie to get her hands on the money.

    Who are the people that contradicted his story. Who did she contact to help her in her plan to spread lies about his story. She is wrong no matter how you spend this tale of lies. And why in the HELL would she need a lawyer to control someone else's ,who she's not related to, money.

    SHAME ON GOFUNDME ME for going along with the Bullshit. How many donors are complaining or calling his story untrue. Only one! The she devil who wants his money. Maybe she need to be looked at. GREEDY BITCH!

  19. Char Fezza says:

    Seedy woman. Let him have the money!!

  20. This is a really unfortunate story. Not really understanding what's not adding up about his story. The fact that he's a student at the college can easily be verified. As well as whether officers found him living in a tent on campus. He even agreed to the trust. Simply wanted attorney he was familiar with as the trustee. Don't see why that would be a deal breaker if the funds were truly intended to ensure his well being moving forward. Seems like the lady wants to dictate the terms of how he moves forward and isn't happy he pushed back on her ideas for his life. Thus having him investigated.

  21. Sherry Kumar says:

    racist much? makes much sence to be mad at white people for stuff that happened world wide and still does to this day…. oh and news flad black were not the only slaves, ther were indians, white, asians and anyone who was sold to the rich people for money or power…. its so funny being mad at someone based on their color because you never been a slave, but someone who wa 400 years ago…. shouldnt you be mad at the family member who sold your into slavery if your family was even slave….. na hatered with no basis s such a fun thing huh? make ya feel like a big boy? and yes some white girl are very much upfront an in your face….

  22. …..that's a kinda racist thing to say….

  23. I run a non profit orginasation and I have tax exempt status. NEVER donate to anyone for any reason unless hey have it documented and you can get a recipt for what you are donating and if it's not going for what you were told it would be used for and it's not then it's fraud.

  24. Sherry Kumar your cognitive dissonance is showing…just saying

  25. If this woman is colloecting donations and she is telling people that the mony donated will be used for one thing and it's used for another she can be charged with all kinds of fraud.

  26. White woman shutup….even if he did buy a car at least he's not riding a bike anymore

  27. He is homeless so Im sure he needs something to wear,eat and live. So all the money can't go straight to education.

  28. Sistah it is more than that…it seems many white Americans cannot face the fact that their ancestors were wrong. Nor can they allow the healing and restoration of the survivors. Those who survived the on slot of genocide because of the color of their skin as well as their cultures and ways of life. I believe it is hereditary.

  29. Sir, you do know that homeless teen can get a full scholarship to attend college of his grades in high school are stellar, correct?

  30. This is why I will never sign up to be an organ donor, I do not give to the Red Cross, Susan G Komen, or any if these other Big fundraising organizations….because they cannot be trusted to help black people when we need it. Prime Example is what happened with Hurricane Katrina.

  31. It is possible for a homeless person to go to college, just as it is possible for a homeless person to be employed. I've worked as a Director of a homeless shelter for several years and many of our clients went to college. Also, my daughter is a student of Georgia State University the same university this young man is a student of. They no longer give refund "checks" or mail them to a home. The student's funds are first applied to any tuition and fees accrued by the student and then place on a Master Card which is also used as the student's ID unless the student requests for the funds to be direct deposited to a personal bank account. The funds are not given to the student for several weeks sometimes months until after the funds are released to the schools. And to answer your other question, yes college can be free to the student if the student receives funds from scholarships and grants.

  32. Who cares what he use it for its his money

  33. Where is college free

  34. Iris De Queen college can be free to the student if the student receives grants and scholarships. It can also be free if the student is deemed homeless by the public school syste's homeless liason prior to the student's high school graduation. There are college funds designated for homeless students. It's an effort to break the cycle of homelessness if the student is educated they are less likely to repeat the cycle

  35. Ali Rose says:

    Kionnie Matthews Kionnie! Question, since you sound educated about this- if somebody has an "expected family contribution" of 0 dollars after completing their FASFA, and is really low class with a widowed parent, can their refund be used for an appartment? I'm asking for my friend. The dorms their charging here is 14k a year which easily can go towards an appartment for way cheaper.

  36. Ma'am, you apparently don't know how much "lambo's"cost. That's not enough. But carry on with your snide comments.

  37. LOL! Ya'll really seem surprised! Shameful that it happened but you know most people aren't really trying to help anyone, they are trying to make themselves look good.

  38. Rowe Curtain says:

    This woman though!!! WTH? Why didn't she check the story out before she started the fund? Now the young man's life has been further disrupted. He will start his studies with this ugliness attached to his name. May karma deal with her as only karma can.

  39. Donations to individual causes are not tax deductible anyway, and donors certainly have an electronic record of what they have given. It is their decision.

  40. Sherry Kumar says:

    i know many black people especially black men who work for the red cross

  41. Unfortunately you can be homeless and go to college.. I've seen it for myself…

  42. Cynthia Nabor-Grady Exactly….

  43. I wouldn't automatically think this is a racial thing like some of you are saying. That is a lot of money for a young person to handle. Maybe she really did want to help this kid. You don't want him to just blow through the money like that. So, maybe her initial intentions were good, but He has every right to say that he does not want to use her attorney or trustee. Why would he? He hasnt known her for a long time. Why would he want to use people that might possibly scam him from the money. He said he wanted to get his own attorney and trustee. To me that's a smart thing. That shows he is thinking. He may want the money for additional things. He may want to use part of it to get a car so he wouldnt have to ride the bike.

  44. So old and still so stupid.

  45. I hate say this I think she wants all or part this money for herself!

  46. Girlish Kainaiakii Harrison …right who said anything slavery?….. sounds like she has race issues… lmao

  47. Gray Gatsby says:

    Keyword: Work
    They're not just helping people of color.

  48. Jesse Knight what did she say that was racist exactly?

  49. Stacey Jones says:

    He wasn't homeless…..he lived fifty miles away. He was staying in a tent until the dorms open. He didn't have transportation to get back and forth. So he camped out.

  50. If you all are seeing what's going on , this literally means that our lives are worthless . Someone can accuse of anything and we automatically have to suffer the consequences . Nothing we do means anything in this society . No matter how many inventions we make or how "good" we act , we are just going to be attacked.

  51. Sherry Kumar and what don't mean they not blind to the real problem

  52. VM ReedJones says:

    Ali Rose yes, depending on grade level. Some colleges want you to stay on campus your freshman year.

  53. She wants the money, and is now jealous and greedy

  54. The lady and the lawyer only had questions about his integrity when he would not agree to let them manage the money! Why did she have her lawyer in on it anyway, sounds on her side of the story.

    His story is easily verifiable: 1) student ☑️
    2) homeless (without his own address, or living with family members/friends, living on the street, living in a non permanent residence) ☑️
    3) no available cash/resources ☑️
    Hmm, seems to check out to me.

    On her side:
    1) Wants to choose the attorney/trustee
    2) Gets angry when he will not agree to her or her attorney managing the funds, freezes the funds, and slanders his character
    3) Who is she/ what's her character

    Someone's intention to help seems real to me, just saying!

  55. The lady and the lawyer only had questions about his integrity when he would not agree to let them manage the money! Why did she have her lawyer in on it anyway, sounds on her side of the story.

    His story is easily verifiable: 1) student ☑️
    2) homeless (without his own address, or living with family members/friends, living on the street, living in a non permanent residence) ☑️
    3) no available cash/resources ☑️
    Hmm, seems to check out to me.

    On her side:
    1) Wants to choose the attorney/trustee
    2) Gets angry when he will not agree to her or her attorney managing the funds, freezes the funds, and slanders his character
    3) Who is she/ what's her character

    Someone's intention to help seems real to me, just saying!

  56. They didn't find hI'm gang banging or stealing. They found him in a tent in campus working hard to ensure his future is successful. If she truly wanted to help she would ask for us to help him and then allow him to use his funds to manage his future. Without money he was already so determined. Can you imagine if he did have the money? He would soar! She can't expect to be that just because she asked for donations of behalf that some how naked her his owner and his mouth piece. Once you give a gift to a person it is now theirs and they can now do what they want with it. She is shameful. All she is doing us bringing more drama and stress to this young man's already stressful life!

  57. Can a leopard change it's spots?
    YES if it's money involved

  58. Kenneth Browning. She doesnt have a clue truth be told she made an ignorant @$$ of herself with said comment.

  59. The funds should be released to said learning institution that he is currently attending. And if he decides to transfer which he should as far away from that chick as possible then whats left should be transferred to that learning institution. She did not anticipate donors would be so giving but people should clearly see her actions are not meant for this young mans progress. If it were she would have purchased him a used vehicle to get back and forth to school, gotten him an apartment or paid up his tution for whatever field he chose to pursue and a list of other things could have been done before seeking legal representation and a trustee. Abraham Shakespeare trusted a woman and ended up buried underneath a cold slab of concrete on propety that his money purchased. This young man has every right not trusting this chick and she has now introduced chaos and confusion into his life that he did not ask for and did not have before meeting this leech. It takes no rocket scientist to see this situation has greed written all over it. Now hes probably going to withdraw from school because of this bs on his mind and fearing for his life.

  60. Melissa Relf says:

    People and their greed….smh….if he was responsible enough to RIDE A BIKE 50 MILES and SLEEP IN A TENT….in order to attend school….WHY would she be questioning his ability to do what is right with the money she raised for HIM…..she never expected for it to be this much……wow

  61. Lovetta Brown Muños Only an idiot would spend his or her's last on two years of hunger, ragged clothes, uncertain showers, and uneasy looks! For a chance to get a job that's a long ways into the future, while passing up all those other jobs that could at least sustain your basic needs! This story is not logical! And for white people to feed it to black people, just shows how lowly white people see black people's intelligence! It's an insult to a mind who's a little bit more conscious to white supremacy than the average black person's is!

  62. White people are hardly ever naive when it comes to dealing with black people! Maybe with other white people they are but not with black people! The mission was to use this negro then pretend the negro wasn't being honest! Yet what happens to all of that go fund me money? Will this white woman give it back to the people who've donated? And if a news story tells you that she's given the money back who can confirm it firsthand? MY POINT! MORE WHITE SUPREMACIST DECEPTION AND EXPLOITATIONS! Isn't this shit obvious to you Negroes? This con seems very elementary to me! Are some black people still this naive to the hearts and motives of white people?

  63. An attorney and a trustee are two separate people.

  64. It can even be that this whole story is a farce! Meaning, there's no go fund me nothing that this is yet another story to make black men seem like cons! Anything evil is possible with the white supremacists! Their motives is evil towards black people always remember this! Check out the black owned and created HIDDEN COLORS 4 if you black people need to understand what white supremacy is!

  65. In some states, a person is financially legally a minor until 21 yrs old.

  66. Rahim, you're "just 3 shades of idiot", as some of my Southern friends say, aren't you?

  67. This matter should be taken before a judge. Since the amount of money is so large, the JUDGE should appoint an attorney AND trustee to handle this young man's affairs, who have no personal interest in EITHER party.

  68. Louis Byron says:

    Girlish Kainaiakii Harrison. I am certainly happy for you that you are comfortable with your genetic ancestry but don't try to do a genetics ancestry test because I don't think you will like the results. If you are Black and born in the U.S., you almost certainly have some White genes in your background. And the generations old folklore about most Black slave descendants having significant Native American admixture in their genetics is simply not true. Another romantic notion that biological science just does not support. Of course I realize that everyone is an individual, and your specific ancestry may be atypical to that of most Black Americans.

  69. No this is about Money!!!!!

  70. First, she stops donations "because of the sheer size of the amount given…" which means that she never expected so many folks would support this guy. At which point, someone in her life probably planted the seed that she find a way to take a cut because "he wouldn't have anything if it weren't for you". She likely had every intention to help in the beginning, but the popularity of the story took over and she probably realized that, once this was all over, the kid would make bank and disappear, leaving her behind. The only way to stay relevant is to have control over the money, so that she could continuously sign his checks whenever she deemed fit (as the trustee). I really hope this isn't the case.

  71. They need to stop letting people make GoFundMe's for other people. I can believe that in the beginning she wanted to help. She figured it would get a few thousands to help him with education. But $184K is probably more than this woman has seen and she got the Greed virus. Plus people are happy to help others, as long as those others don't get more than them. Just stop allowing GoFundMe's created by strangers. Let the legal guardians or family members do it.

  72. I dont think a kid that biked 6 HOURS to school and slept in a tent outside until the school year was about to start is gonna withdraw from school " because of this bs on his mind and fearing for his life."

    lol…no.

  73. She should back off! If she did make a mistake, then the money isn't hers to control. It should either go to the kid in question or go back to those who donated it. Simple as. Now, I suspect she'll be claiming legal fees out of it, etc etc. I suspect she can't bare to part with the large amount raised. Disappointing. To the kid it was donated for or back to the donors. GoFundMe should not be witholding it like this.

  74. Ali Rose
    Your refund is YOUR refund…whether on a card or put directly into your bank acct…yes, you can decline the card and have it put direct deposit into your checking or savings acct….you can do with it what you wish…just know that if it is a refund from a Loan it just adds to more that you will have to pay back after graduation…

  75. Michael El says:

    sounds like she wants to appoint an attorney who will slide her a cut of the money like a finders fee and he wants to have control over the money that his story and efforts made this money available… without him there would be no money to discuss.

  76. You can't raise money for something or someone and then dictate how it's spent. This woman needs to mind her own business

  77. Kionnie Matthews This issue is a suspected white supremacist female exploiting a black man for go fund me profits! Then insinuating he's some kind of con in order to run away with the money! No one has yet to ask this white woman where is the money going now that this black man's "homeless story" is questionable! It's a got damn white supremacist game!

  78. I said the same thing just different he is a lil young black man an she did set up a fund to act like she was doing something great for him an when it received a large sum of money she wanted to get her hands on it an when he said no I'll hirer my on lawyers she went to go to fund an said his story was shady so yes I worded everything quick an straight to the point but it was far from ignorance because whenever we get as ppl anything over lunch money the man/woman is right there to snatch it from us an so I have every right to freedom of speech just like u so u have a bless day sister

  79. Rik Moore says:

    Where exactly was the racism Jesse Knight? See? Some scientist needs to do a study on hate-filled people. These people like her are walking around not even trying to understand what black people are saying. Just have their racism on autopilot. They see a black person comment on social media their skin hatred takes over. A trump voter…I'm sure.

  80. She set that young man up… She tried to do a blindside and when she saw she couldn't dictate she defamed him…shame on her! If it was truly done from kindness she wouldn't have any say and let that man hire his own attorney… You had your 15 minutes lady now go back to obscurity please.

  81. There's no way in hell that a young black man hungry, from the hood, would even be likely to attend college with a pocket full of street earned hundreds, let alone spend his last on trying to go! Scholarship smolarship!

    A white woman exploiting this black man to hide her go fund me scheme makes more sense to me! You silly Negroes and suspected white supremacists can go kill yourselves if you all think I'm that sucka who believes a white's word off GP!

  82. Mike Sanderman I would be an idiot if I was these black people cosigning you and those replying like you!

  83. Lovetta Brown Muños Only an idiot would spend his or her's last on two years of hunger, ragged clothes, uncertain showers, and uneasy looks! For a chance to get a job that's long ways in the future, while passing up all those other jobs that could at least sustain your basic needs! This story is not logical! And for whtie peole to feed it to black people, it shows how lowly white people see black people's intelligence! It's an insult to a mind who's a little bit more conscious to white supremacy than the average black person's is!

  84. Louis Byron says:

    Rik Moore. Let's use this as a "teaching moment". He asked a simple question…exactly what was racist in what the lady said? Now, I think you would agree that she didn't specifically say anything racist or even mildly negative about Black people. However, I think that you are assuming because she now questions this young man's original story that she is targeting his veracity merely because he is Black. And maybe that is the case…I would submit that your experience as a Black man (the stories you have heard plus the oppression that you may have personally experienced for being a Black man) have "colored" your interpretation of her motives in questioning this young man. Just as my "White" experience may have caused me to assume that just because she didn't make an obviously racist statement, that does not preclude the possibility of her having racist intentions. Now I may be way off base in my analysis. However, this is the kind of probing, honest, back-and-forth discussion that Blacks and Whites need to have in this country. God Bless. [P.S. For the record, I think both Trump & Hillary are .01% Elitest Despots that ultimately have the same goal: the accrual of wealth and power above all else, even basic humanity, for a select few.]

  85. Kelly Carter says:

    I live in the small town where all this happened, and have heard all kinds of ugly rumors. To date, none of them has proven true. I would ask that everyone not get carried away with rampant, hateful speculation, and just give this situation a little time to resolve itself. As best I can tell, this is a case of a misunderstanding (like you, I wish I knew the details), and the desire that the people who donated the money see it go to the cause for which it was intended: for Fred to get a college education. Please, please don't turn this into an ugly story after all the good that has come from it. Let's hope and pray that it resolves to everyone's satisfaction.

  86. Sherry Kumar says:

    well the red cross and big places are the worst to go to for help anyways… yeah they may help but charge you double at the end of the day for anything you use or take…. they are a fraud and stupid so trust me if they dont help people other then white folks its relly a blessing. nothing they offer is free its all at a high cost same with all these other corporations….. a would always look at my church for help

  87. See what happens when you deny unwanted sexual advances

  88. Sherry Kumar says:

    psh its only about race when something is going wrong….. it was labled white woman is trying to help black man when it started but now its white woman takes money from black man…… i agree with everything Dana said…. 1 she is a mom and as a mom you know teens do a lot of stupid things. but she dont know him to know if he would go blow it….. look at the people who win the lotto they are in debt before they say i won….. im sure shes trying to look out for him in the long run but growing up with hardships teach you to either blow money cu it dont last or save it untill your better off….. no one knows what this man has in mind and he should beable to prove himself….. if he blows it then he blows it if he gets a car and rents or buys a home and finishes school then he gets a life. its good to see someone working at bettering themself…. he looks like a smart man who has a good head otherwise he wouldnt have been so driven to go to school….

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