Apartment Manager Traded for Sex

An apartment manager plead guilty to making false statement to the government about the income of Section 8 tenants in exchange for sexual favors, in Kansas.  The former apartment manager made false statement about tenant income and household composition of HUD tenants.  The results caused HUD to overpay tenant rent subsisideis by approximately $34K.

Court documents also show the defendant improperly moved applications on the Section 8 waiting list ahead of other applicants in exchange for sexual favors.  That caused HUD to overpay more rent subsidies by more than $104,000.

He is also accused of using his work computer to create 15 false letters, and forged signatures on those letters for tenant files to support the false income information provided.  He now faces up to five years in prison without parole and a fine of up to $250,000.

New Miranda Rights

Arguments are being made before the Supreme Court this week over how Miranda rights should be given to criminal suspects.  According to the AP, the Supreme Court could be headed toward telling the police they have to explicitly warn criminal suspects that their lawyer can be present during any interrogations.

The argument steams from a case where Kevin Dwayne Powell was given Miranda warnings that included telling him he had a right to a lawyer before questioning. Powell’s lawyers appealed, saying police didn’t tell him he had a right to have a lawyer during police interrogation. The Florida Supreme Court overturned it. Justice Stephen Breyer said Monday that Miranda rights say a suspect has the right to have an attorney during questioning, and he asked repeatedly if the Florida officers made that plain to Powell.

If the court rules that the police officer should have told the supusect that he had a right to have his attorney during interrogation then police officer will have to start to modify the existing Miranda warning that says,

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?”