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News release from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

 ATLANTA- The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of the Inspector General, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) are working together today to arrest approximately 80 individuals who have fraudulently obtained federal funding for affordable housing in Georgia. 

These individuals are being arrested on charges of Theft by Taking and/or False Statements for fraudulently obtaining federal funding for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, which is administered through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Housing Choice Voucher Program. 

"We appreciate the combined efforts of the HUD Office of Inspector General, GBI and DCA to combat housing fraud by arresting those that are violating the law and depriving especially those in need of affordable housing. We have zero tolerance for such fraud and are committed to aggressively working to identify and help prosecute any individuals that would seek to defraud or abuse this essential program," said US HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Edward Jennings, Jr.

The fraud involved in these cases totaled approximately $1.1 million which is money that could be ordered returned to the program during the prosecution of these individuals.  This money when returned could then be distributed to people who are truly in need of financial assistance for housing. 

"The state and federal governments, as well as the people they serve, have a responsibility to ensure  that federal funds for the Section 8 program go to those truly in need. My Office will continue to work with the HUD Office of Inspector General to ensure that those individuals who receive valuable Section 8  subsidies are eligible to participate in the program." said, Mr. Dennis Williams Jr., Assistant  Commissioner, Rental Assistance Division, GA Dept. of Community Affairs.

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

  • Here is a list of locations and people served with warrants, supplied by the GBI-

 

County

Name

Address

City

Arrested

Bartow

Denetria Davis

18 Briarwood Lane

Cartersville

1

Catoosa

Leslie Hinton

1202 Oglethorpe Ridge Lane

Ft. Oglethorpe

1

Spalding

Zanina Berry

504 Crossings Place

Griffin

1

Carroll

Angela Davis

209 E Wilson Street Apt. 88

Villa Rica

1

Coweta

Rafael Fernandez

17 Sunset Ridge Way

Newnan

1

Spalding

Cheryld D. Johnson

1105 Jackson Rd Apt D

Griffin

1

Carroll

Dafanie Watkins

816 N Aycock Street

Carrollton

1

Fayette

Rachel Fedd

151 Wynnmeade Parkway

Peachtree City

1

Lee

Misty Martin

140 Apache Street

Leesburg

1

Lee

Stephanie Ammons

151 Endoline Drive Apt B

Leesburg

1

Burke

Tashawn Scott

409 Leonard Circle

Waynesboro

1

Richmond

Joyce Baker

2408 Sedgefield Dr

Augusta

1

Richmond

Shanta Gilyard

1025 Woodsedge Dr. Apt H

Augusta

1

Richmond

Artis Overstreet

3617 Rolling Meadows Drive

Augusta

1

Jefferson

Diana Hannah

2501 Ga Hwy 17 N

Wrens

1

Richmond

Katrima Smalley

2579 Anthony Dejuan Pkwy

Hephzibah

1

Richmond

Tilvosiet Ryans

3109 Norcom Lane

Augusta

1

Richmond

Latonya Hunt

3639 Elliott Blvd

Augusta

1

Thomas

Casandra McCree

100 Cleo Court

Thomasville

1

Lowndes

Bridgette James

1906 Northside Drive

Valdosta

1

Mitchell

Robyn Mccune

3001 Bumble Bee Road

Pelham

1

Colquitt

Traunshey Huckaby

530 Edmondson Road

Moultrie

1

Mitchell

Ernestine Burden

160 Upson Street NE Apt A

Pelham

1

Mitchell

Babette Willingham

476 E Railroad St. NE Apt D3

Pelham

1

Seminole

Deshuntra Smith

410 W 7th Street

Donalsonville

1

Seminole

Kimbala Jones

810 E Carr Street

Donalsonville

1

Mitchell

Margaret Hill

5016 McNair Road

Camilla

1

Mitchell

Dorothy Cooper

196 Upson Street NE

Pelham

1

Mitchell

Joann Hicks

199 West Circle

Camilla

1

Henry

Essence Patrick

131 H Grier Drive

McDonough

1

Newton

Maureen Francois

65 Joe Ewing Drive

Covington

1

Rockdale

Sherron Hodge

438 Greenleaf Rd

Conyers

1

Dekalb

Sylvia Benton(Soumano)

1009 Arbor Crossing Dr

Lithonia

1

Newton

Lamonitrias Smith

175 Riverbend Drive

Covington

1

Rockdale

Safiyyah Bowman

2110 B Fairway Court

Conyers

1

Rockdale

Amina Richey

3367 Salem Cove Trail

Conyers

1

Clarke

Lillie Benton

145 Zetella Lane

Athens

1

Walton

Debra Durham

408 E Marable Street

Monroe

1

Emanuel

Tamakia Johnson

1219 King Circle Drive

Swainsboro

1

Houston

Larzania Adkinson

419 Gordy Street

Perry

1

Houston

Sheila Draughorne

239 Johns Road

W. Robins

1

Houston

Dwana Colman

607 South 2nd Street

W. Robins

1

Dougherty

Sonya Green

1608 W Gordon Ave

Albany

1

Dougherty

Carol Johnson

1603 Malone Drive

Albany

1

Dougherty

Linda Hayes

1706 Jean Ave

Albany

1

Dougherty

Shameka Thomas

1213 Firestone Drive

Albany

1

Dougherty

Leshundra King

2514 Habersham Road

Albany

1

Dougherty

Roderick Thomas

1970 Riverview Circle South

Albany

1

Terrell

Monica Johnson

735 Flint Street NE

Dawson

1

Dougherty

Todra Mcghee

2607 Cardinal Street #22

Albany

1

Dougherty

Janice Bell

1316 E Tift Ave

Albany

1

Dougherty

Monica Irby

421 S. Westover Blvd #51

Albany

1

Dougherty

Porshia Wright

1925 Buck Lane #A

Albany

1

Early

Alecia Epps

166 Day Street

Blakely

1

 

 


Operation Clean House Arrests

Barrow County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Bartow County

Arrestees:  Two (2)

Burke County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Carroll County

Arrestees:  Two (2)

Catoosa County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Clarke County

Arrestees:  Two (2)

Colquitt County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Coweta County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Decatur County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Dekalb County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Dougherty County

Arrestees:  Eighteen (18)

Early County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Emanuel County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Fayette County

Arrestees:  Three (3)

Henry County

Arrestees:  Two (2)

Houston County

Arrestees:  Four (4)

Jefferson County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Lee County

Arrestees: Three (3)

Lowndes County

Arrestees:  Five (5)

Miller County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Mitchell County

Arrestees:  Six (6)

Newton County

Arrestees:  Three (3)

Paulding County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Randolph County

Arrestees:  One (1)

Richmond County

Arrestees:  Nine (9)

Rockdale County

Arrestees:  Three (3)

Seminole County

Arrestees:  Two (2)

Spalding County

Arrestees:  Two (2)

Terrell County

Arrestees:  Two (2)

Thomas County

Arrestees:  Two (2)

Walton County

Arrestees:  One (1)

 

 

Individuals with knowledge of fraud or suspect fraud in Section 8 Rental Assistance Program should contact the US HUD Office of Inspector General at 1-800-347-3735 or email hotline@hudoig.gov