In Rockwall, Former City Council Member's Daughter Caught Buying Drugs With Stolen HUD Funds

Categories: Crime, Drugs

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Less than four months after taking over as executive director of the Rockwall Housing Development Corp. in June 2009, assuming full control of the nonprofit's finances and The Meadows, its 36-unit public housing a couple of blocks off Interstate 30, Jennifer Tyson made out a check to "reimbursement," took it to the bank and cashed it.

Over the next three years, Tyson would make the same trip on 54 separate occasions, each time cashing the reimbursement check and pocketing the money.

The problem, according to federal court documents filed on Monday, was that she wasn't owed any reimbursement. She was simply stealing money that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had given to RHDC through its Housing Choice Voucher Program, better known as Section 8.

See also: The Feds Say Dallas City Hall Has Promoted Racial Segregation in Housing Projects for Years

That, according to court documents, was just part of Tyson's scheme to steal from the federal government. In March 2010, she began cutting checks to the fiance of a Section 8 recipient living in Apartment 185. The man did some odd jobs around the property, watering plants and picking up trash, but he was not employed by The Meadows, nor did he earn the $126,063 he was paid over the next 16 months.

The man and his fiancee are both listed as co-conspirators in the federal criminal documents. Neither is identified by name.

Sometimes the man would cash these checks and go buy drugs himself. Sometimes he would bring the cash back to The Meadows, and he and Tyson would go buy them together. Inevitably, they wound up doing the drugs (identified only as "illegal narcotics") in Apartment 785.

The scheme continued even after the man's fiance was evicted. They simply moved their drug binges to a hotel that was paid for with still more HUD money.

Eventually, the feds caught on. Tyson's term as RHDC's executive director ended in November 2012. She pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Tyson appears to be well-connected in Rockwall. Her late father ran RHDC and the Rockwall Economic Technology Park. Her mother, Margo Nielsen, is a former member of the Rockwall City Council.

Correction: The original version of the story identified Margo Nielsen as a current member of the Rockwall City Council. She left the council in 2011.

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11 comments
finley5
finley5

This story puts a new meaning to the saying, HUD's walking around money!!!  

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

They just wanted to keep up wit da Joneses.. Dallas.

joeinbost
joeinbost

Lots of rot in Rockwall City and County  I was sued by Mail  by a Dallas Resident  Scot Cockroft  who does business in Dallas County. In Court of Law  Rockwall   Cockroft  scammed me with the help of a Lawyer in 2006, lost my House of it. The Judge J Brian Williams  is the man I believe is the Lawyer who violated Chapter 31 and 32 of the Texan Penal Code. 

Nothing Clean in Rockwall.


ruddski
ruddski

Gotta wonder how much ended up in Brian Edward Deloney's pocket.

Daniel
Daniel

Apartment 185 or 785? Not like I care, but why bother to cite it if you can't get it straight?

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Eric, your haphazard cutandpaste from others' s work is so obvious due to incontinuity, pronoun mismatch, spellcheck oopses, etc.

And the fiance/fiancee confusion.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Where exactly is Internet 30?

Juan
Juan

Her mother has not been on the Rockwall City Council for a couple of years. The RHDC was a private non profit low-income housing developer that her father started.

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

another SMU'r who can't read between the lines eh... seems to be a lot trolling the DO this month ;)

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

oh there's always profit on the non-profit org's ESPECIALLY in dfw!

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