It now appears that a Greensboro-based business owned by NC’s aspiring First Lady Yolanda Hill (aka “Mrs. Mark Robinson”) has been making unauthorized payments of tax dollars to family members for at least six years.
According to public records, Hill is the registered agent and CFO for something called Balanced Nutrition. Balanced Nutrition is, basically, a contractor that dispenses money from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) – via the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – to reimburse day care centers who provide lunches to their attendees. Balanced Nutrition is required to submit budgets to NCDHHS for approval, as well as file financial reports — such as Form 990 – with the Internal Revenue Service.
According to government documents we obtained, Balanced Nutrition‘s total revenue (tax dollars) for 2017 was $111,628. Balanced Nutrition‘s yearly revenue was expected to meet or exceed $2 million (tax dollars) for 2023.
Worksheet D on the NCDHHS budget form specifically states that “sponsors” (contractors like Balanced Nutrition) need prior approval for payment of funds to family members.
Budget documents we obtained – dating back to budget year 2018/2019 – indicate that ALL paid employees identified by Hill and Balanced Nutrition since that time have indeed been family members. NCDHHS spokesman Charles Epstein confirmed to us that the only request for authorization to pay a family member that has been submitted to his agency by Balanced Nutrition occurred in April 2023 — seven months after the budget year had already started. That request was for Dayson Robinson, the son of Yolanda Hill and Mark Robinson.
So, let’s pause to run through all the folks identified on state government documents as paid employees of Balanced Nutrition. The company’s 2018/2019 budget document identified Yolanda Hill and Mark Robinson, himself, as the only paid employees of Balanced Nutrition. NCDHHS’s Epstein could not confirm that his agency had ever received a request for permission to pay Robinson — obviously a member of Hill’s family.
Balanced Nutrition’s 2019/2020 budget submission to NCDHHS identified Hill and Cassaundra Spinks (Hill’s mother) as the only paid employees of the company for that budget year. NCDHHS’s Epstein could not confirm that his agency had ever received a request for permission from Balanced Nutrition to pay Spinks — obviously a member of Hill’s family.
Balanced Nutrition’s 2020/2021 budget submission to NCDHHS identified Hill and Kameron Brunson (Hill and Robinson’s nephew) as the only paid employees for the company that budget year.
Balanced Nutrition’s 2021/2022 budget submission to NCDHHS indentified Hill and Kandace Stephenson (also a family member) as the only paid employees for the company that budget year.
Balanced Nutrition’s 2022/23 budget submission to NCDHHS identified Hill and Dayson Robinson (Hill and Mark Robinson‘s son) as the only paid employees for Balanced Nutrition that calendar year. This is the first time he shows up on the state documents we found. (Though, the company’s 2019-2023 filings to the IRS identify Dayson Robinson as a paid employee each of those five years.)
On each year’s filing of Form 990 to the IRS. (years 2017 to 2021), Yolanda Hill – on behalf of Balanced Nutrition – checks a box that no family members are being paid. Many of the IRS filings do not match the information filed with NCDHHS.
Okay. We’ve generated over 30 posts loaded with serious concerns about the business practices of a couple seeking to be the next First Couple of North Carolina. All of the money flowing through this business — approximately $2 million per year as of this writing – is taxpayer money.
If we are simply mistaken, it would be comforting to have the Robinsons or their representatives help us correct the record. This strategy of clamming up — saying nothing –– is simply not cutting it.
We’ve tried reaching out to Yolanda Hill to make sure we have the most accurate, up-to-date information on her company. (On all of her filings, she states that she will share — upon request – with anyone who asks.) But we’ve been ignored.
At what point do government authorities say “Hey, let’s take a pause and review this thing” ?