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Ind. apartment owner told to give back welfare funds

In the season that celebrates giving, one Indianapolis apartment agency may be returning welfare aid for alleged illegal actions.

WRTV-TV reports the Indiana Housing Authority is calling for the owners of the Phoenix Apartments to repay $300,000.

Officials said the complex failed to disclose required information to qualify for the payments.

14748128_240x180.jpg Bud Myers, of the Indianapolis Housing Authority, said RCM Phoenix Partners, which owns the Phoenix apartments, supplied incorrect information to the agency to get federal aid. Myers also said there are other problems, WRTV-TV reports.

The apartment complex recently drew local and national attention as the location where a 3-year-old was tortured and beaten to death by her parents.

Federal rules require welfare landlords to disclose troubled business deals and legal problems. RCM has until Dec. 14 to repay the money or challenge the order.


December 10, 2007 Posted by | Busted, Courts and Crime, Legally Speaking | , , | Leave a comment

Welfare worker sentenced for stealing more than $100,000

Fictitious families received more than $105,654 over five years according to prosecutors in a case against a Georgia woman accused of stealing money from the welfare office she worked at. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Gayla Owens, 43, a 15-year veteran of the state Division of Family and Children Services, pleaded guilty to stealing the money.

Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Kellie Hill said of the workers used the money to pay off gambling debts, she said. Hill said these workers have the responsibility to use tax dollars to help needy families.

None of the workers is still employed by DFCS.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville Owens to 15 years of probation and said she must avoid employment that allows her access to public funds.
Related: Welfare worked pleads guilty to bilking agency of $105,654

December 10, 2007 Posted by | Busted, Courts and Crime | , , , | Leave a comment

Lifetime Welfare Ban for Drug-Using Parents Dooms Children

Life Sentences: Denying Welfare Benefits to Women Convicted of Drug OffensesThe findings of a report released by The Sentencing Project in 2002 are eerily accurate in predicting the fate of children of parents convicted of a drug-related offense. For several ex-offenders with low-income families, their faulty past is made present every day by fact that more than 40 states prohibit federally assistance to drug offenders.

This article not only discusses the possibility of denying more than 100,000 children benefits based on the past parental decisions; the Alliance for Children and Families suggests ways to improve state policies for these underserved children.

October 7, 2007 Posted by | Courts and Crime, Legally Speaking | , , , , , | 1 Comment