The circling of the wagons is mighty fast in Dayton. The moment one of the protected “League of extraordinary gentle women” looks to be in trouble, it’s quickly swept under the rug. The FBI isn’t allowed to raid homes and make great reputation destroying photos for the front page. The story is quickly killed off.
Before the board resigned as a group- there were questions of financial impropriety- to the tune of almost half a million dollars. As soon as the question was asked “why isn’t the board held accountable”- there were no rules broken- all in the span of 3 days! Now we hear that “not me” is responsible from official channels.
From the Dayton Daily News:
Montgomery County officials do not suspect criminal wrongdoing in the audit of the Dayton Urban League, which closed its doors Dec. 3 after helping local minorities in need for 63 years.
Sloppy paperwork and bad judgment are believed the culprits that led to a city and county investigation into whether the Dayton Urban League misused some of the $454,000 in stimulus funds contracted for a program that helps the needy pay rent.
The Urban League staffer who managed 570 cases for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program League is believed responsible.
County Administrator Deborah A. Feldman said no criminal wrongdoing is suspected. The city and county received funds for the program from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
“This particular case manager was a little too helpful and wasn’t as careful in reviewing the applications as he should have been,” said Aaron Sorrell, Dayton’s manager of housing and neighborhood development….
Its six executive board members and many if not all of its other trustees resigned Thursday.
Of course, no prosecutors, or other investigators are quoted- just the foxes that are assigned to watch over the hen house. County Administrator Deb Feldman still hasn’t acknowledged her responsibility in the Raleigh Trammell case (where obviously there was criminal wrong doing- because Raleigh isn’t in the League). Investigators still haven’t filed charges in that case, because, either Raleigh is smarter than we give him credit and was better able to hide his paper trail, or the Urban League money trail points directly to the board and Feldman and we just can’t accept that they would ever do anything wrong?
In the meantime, our tax dollars have no problem being illegally given to a private corporation, General Electric, in the name of “economic development.” Welfare fraud is only ok when given to the rich- and a crime when given to the poor.
At some point, voters and the FBI will wake up and realize that crimes are being committed and whitewashed by the local media. Tax dollars aren’t something that can be waved off by saying a “particular case manager was a little too helpful and wasn’t as careful in reviewing the applications as he should have been.” Nope, that’s a crime- by both the case manager and the supervisors in charge.
It’s time for an investigation.