Government Crime Stoppers offers $10k reward for details on Dallas OIG investigation

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Dallas City Hall

A group called Government Crime Stoppers has posted a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to the prosecution of any public official involved in the funneling of HUD funds into undocumented housing development projects.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General has compiled a report detailing the financial irregularities in Dallas’ housing and economic development departments, according to Jim Schutze at the Dallas Observer, which is cited by Government Crime Stoppers.

From Government Crime Stoppers:

After a year-long probe into Dallas City Hall, federal investigators have documented the funneling of federal grant money to undocumented community groups for the purpose of building houses. The legally required paperwork for these projects is allegedly nonexistent or falsified.
These groups have received millions of undocumented dollars — leaving the door to corruption wide open as public officials are able to manipulate the funds for self-serving purposes.

According to the Dallas Observer, Dallas City Hall became aware of the soon-to-be released report sometime last week, and City Council member Tennell Atkins promptly called a special meeting of the committees in question.

But council member Dwaine Caraway believes the problem has less to do with the CHDO operators and more to do with bigger fish upstream.

From the Dallas Observer:

Whatever problems may bedevil the city’s federally and locally funded housing and economic development activities at the retail end, that much money could not have gone missing without the wholesale participation of people at City Hall in the era before the arrival of the current city manager….
Caraway is angry now, not so much because the feds are going after the CHDOs as because nobody ever seems to go after the people uphill at City Hall who sign off on these deals in the first place.

Schutze says the improper use of federal funds isn’t new for the city of Dallas, and references a similar situation that happened nine years ago.

From the Dallas Observer:

Curtis Lockey and Craig MacKenzie were two downtown apartment developers in 2009 who forced HUD to carry out a four-year probe of Dallas housing activities. HUD’s final report found Dallas guilty of violating all the same laws under which the current OIG investigation is being carried out. In particular, Dallas had been using money devoted by law to achieving racial desegregation in ways that deliberately increased racial segregation downtown….
Those charges went straight to the top — the mayor, the council and top city officials, including the city manager. Lockey and MacKenzie also had brought suit against the city under the federal false claims act, a Civil War-era law that could have put the pair in position for an immense, even crippling financial recovery from city coffers. Had all of that gone forward, as seemed likely, the political outfall might have put the city’s old power elite out of business for good.
So they made it go away. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings traveled to Washington to chat with President Barack Obama’s newly appointed HUD secretary, former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. And blink! It was gone.

Crime Stoppers

Along with the $10,000 dollar reward posted for details on this OIG investigation, Government Crime Stoppers has also posted rewards for information about the withholding of public information at Houston City Hall, for details on sexual harassment and abuse at the legislature, and for tips on the Dallas County Schools case.

Encrypted and fully anonymous tips regarding the illegal actions of office-holders and other public servants are collected online through the world’s leading tip solution provider, Anderson Software.

“Our goal is not only to assist authorities in prosecuting open indictments but also to expose corruption that might not otherwise be discovered,” said Richard Carter, an advisor to Government Crime Stoppers and the former executive director of Crime Stoppers International, Inc.

Ben Murray can be reached at [email protected].

41 COMMENTS

  1. “So they made it go away. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings traveled to Washington to chat with President Barack Obama’s newly appointed HUD secretary, former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. And blink! It was gone.”
    Wow. One hand washes the other. Drain the swamp!

  2. Exactly!! Christi, he said repubs are what has kept Dallas from being like that, they are working hard on getting it run down like Chicago and other democrate ran cities, but Dems are trying!! Spending hundreds of thousands of $$s for removal of a statue that didn’t hurt anyone being there, shows how stupid they are, with the schools like they are, housing and not to mention their corrupt politicians getting off after taking bribes, a bunch of crooks, spending money on things it doesn’t need to be spent on, because of hurt feeling from people that couldn’t tell you anything about the statue or the man it respesents!!

  3. Kyle Poindexter I’m from Texas, I live in dallas as a matter of fact. You’re the idiot if don’t see what the democrats in Dallas are doing. Republicans are who’ve kept this state from turning into Chicago Detroit, Cleveland LA etc. you get out of here with your bs.

  4. You have a problem, “government crime stopper” appears to be a fraudulent web site….surely you must have known that before posting this story. The site isn’t backed by any local, state, and or federal agencies. It appears to have recycled the crime stoppers name but they normally deal with violent crimes, not white collar crime, so what gives why is TM promoting questionable websites?

    • We’ve done stories on and interviewed the folks behind Government Crime Stoppers and I’d have to argue with it being a fraudulent site. It’s Government Crime Stoppers, and its name speaks to its focus, which is people in government doing illegal things. Indeed, that is often crime of the white collar variety. Also, and correct me if I’m wrong about this, but my understanding no crime stoppers site is under the auspices of any local, state or federal agencies. My understanding is that they are all independent non-profits who pass their tips on to law enforcement. Here is a story we did when Government Crime Stoppers announced their launch last year, which may provide some helpful details for you. https://texasmonitor.org/government-crime-stoppers-launches-texas/

    • That’s the problem, crime stoppers is national, not just in Texas, if it was part on the national organization, that would be one thing, but it’s not! That’s what makes it fraudulent… It’s using the new of a good org that offers rewards to arrest violent accused criminals, with no ties to that organization… fraud… And you can’t do any story about that without including that information…

    • I appreciate you weighing in, Adam. Government Crime Stoppers is a member of good standing with Crime Stoppers USA, according to its website. If you have information that shows otherwise, I sure would like to see it.

    • The Texas monitor, as a journalistic/ news entity, isn’t it up to you to check that type of information, before publishing? Why does a ready have to fact check your story? If I tell you I’m Trump’s black son, you taking my word for it? So why are you taking there’s? The most important rules of journalism are, question everything, FACT check everything…. Did TM do that? Clearly the answer is NO! And you can’t pawn it off, if you want to be in the journalism/news game (and be trusted), you have to follow the rules, FACT check everything you can, one source that can’t be FACT checked isn’t enough to run a story….

    • The Texas Monitor, you can’t back peddle now, either it was “according to their website” or you vetted them? You can’t just claim that you did, you first wouldn’t ever make any kind of statement like “according to their website”, you should always include a footnote if not full lines in the story stating how you “vetted” them, you know the who, where, when, how, and why of journalism… So back peddle all you want, cause you can be Alex Jones 2.0, just not a Journalistic news outlet.

    • Again Adam, thanks for reading and commenting. I’m not sure where you are getting your claim of backpedaling from. I’m simply trying to answer your questions. I hope you take a moment and read our initial story about the organization. I also hope you will take a moment and apologize for calling the organization fraudulent. Again thanks!

    • The Texas Monitor, the only way you will ever get any kind of apologize from me is when if you site whom you spoke with at the real crime stoppers nathonal headquarters to verify that they are were connected, I’ll wait and have no problem eating crow, but persons that have done the leg work up front never say or refer a reader to, “according to their website”….

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