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Federal Grand Jury Subpoenaed Freeport Housing Authority –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 21, 2019

Freeport, IL. (ECWd) –

Apparently the Freeport Housing Authority is under a federal criminal investigation. The US Department of Justice issued a Federal Grand Jury Subpoena to the Freeport Housing Authority on November 19, 2019.

Pursuant to an official criminal investigation, the subpoena asked for records, dated between January 1, 2009 to present, related to:

  • withdrawals or requests for money from HUD’s Line of Credit System, which includes contracts, invoices, etc
  • receipts and payments to vendors or contractors
  • payments made from vendors or contractors
  • signature cards of all bank accounts controlled by the Freeport Housing Authority
  • board meeting minutes including any and all board resolutions
  • all Section 3 agreements
  • everything related to Northern Illinois Community Connections
  • everything related to Workplace Development Initiative
  • everything related to the Peter Flynn Scholarship Fund and Scholarship Luncheon
  • personnel files of the following former or current Housing Authority employees:
    • Larry Williams
    • Andra Taylor
    • Odessa Walker
    • Brenda Westfall
    • Thomas Cassidy
    • Mark Greenfield

Read the subpoena below:




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  • Elizabeth Gruber
    Posted at 05:18h, 22 December Reply

    It is always….follow the money.

  • Rabbit
    Posted at 07:54h, 23 December Reply

    I expect that the stolen computers, deleted data, and missing passwords will be reasons for failure to comply.

  • steve carroll
    Posted at 08:12h, 23 December Reply

    The current administration of the Freeport Housing Authority commissioned a forensic audit in 2018. After spending over $24,000 of tax dollars they’ve refused to release the audit. What are they covering up? They are just marginally better than their predecessors that were named in the subpoena. The lame response from the Freeport Housing Authority to the Edgar County Watchdogs didn’t mention the coverup among other things. Thankfully the Watchdogs have submitted a FOIA to the Freeport Housing Authority for the results of the forensic audit.

    • RLD
      Posted at 23:45h, 15 January Reply

      They probably can’t release it to anyone one but the feds.

      • jmkraft
        Posted at 06:26h, 16 January Reply

        Yes they can.

    • Robert R
      Posted at 13:12h, 22 February Reply

      Did you get the subpoena from housing yet?

      • Robert
        Posted at 15:22h, 03 March Reply


  • AllInFreeport
    Posted at 15:47h, 23 December Reply

    Maybe this explains why the City Manager was in a rush to get out of town?

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