Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
News release from theU.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-