Tenants of federally subsidized housing in East Point frequently live in unsanitary and unsafe units, even after inspections to identify and correct substandard conditions, investigators reported Monday. Federal inspectors found housing with safety equipment that was broken or missing, broken and missing windows, mold, mildew and roach infestation.
The DeKalb County Housing Authority misspent $2.5 million in restricted funds intended for low-income housing subsidies, federal auditors said Wednesday. The money was used instead to pay administrative expenses including rental cars, office supplies, office space, worker’s compensation and temps’ salaries, they found. Results of a follow-up forensic audit are expected soon.
Sterling Bethea, the executive director of the DeKalb County Housing Authority, resigned Tuesday as federal investigators continued to pore over the agency’s financial records. “He just decided that he wanted to move on,” board member George Maddox said, “and to be honest with you we didn’t have a problem with it.”
Blown deadlines and sloppy contract oversight may cost Atlanta another $3.9 million in federal housing money. Atlanta messed up $6.8 million in funding commitments, or nearly two-thirds of all funding examined, federal auditors say. Planning and Community Development Commissioner James Shelby asked HUD to take extenuating circumstances into account, but HUD’s Inspector General was unmoved.
Kristi Kirkus Wilson pleaded guilty in June to embezzling $130,000 that she spent on a waterslide, a barn, outdoor Christmas decorations and other home improvements. Today, a federal judge ordered Wilson, former executive director of the Conyers Housing Authority, to pay it all back and serve 18 months in prison.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 6/3/09 CONTACT: Patrick Crosby, (404)581-6016, http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan/ FAX (404)581-6160 FORMER CONYERS HOUSING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR PLEADS GUILTY Defendant Stole Over $100,000 in HUD Money, Mostly for Her Personal Use Atlanta, GA – KRISTI KIRKUS WILSON, 44, of Conyers, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal district court to theft of U.S. Housing and Urban […]