Travis County Green Party sends letter to U.S. Attorney re possible City of Austin criminal activity related to Federal Housing Funds

Press Release – for immediate release by Travis County Green Party: Letter to U.S. Attorney’s Office, Request investigation: Possible criminal activity ref. Federal Housing Funds including forgery, fraud, waste, mismanagement

This letter was sent to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio – feel free to review the listed URLs at the end of the letter for background and related information.

Please also see Morgan Elliot’s excellent article on the issue here: The Loan That Never Was

The Travis County Green Party has repeatedly requested an investigation by the Austin City Manager, City Council, Travis County District Attorney’s Office:

Despite Federal law, Title 18 U.S. Code, requiring public officials to respond to such information when provided by citizens, and despite repeated requests by TCGP for a response prior to the May 9, 2009 City Election, we have not received any reply or even an acknowledgment from the DA’s office.

Feel free to contact the U.S. Attorney’s office, or any of the local offices listed above, to ask when an investigation will be initiated!


Bill Stout
Green Party of Texas Legislative Liaison
Co-Chair of the Travis County Green Party
billstout@txgreens.org

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Travis County Green Party sends letter to Travis County District Attorney re possible City of Austin criminal activity related to Federal Housing Funds

Press Release – for immediate release by Travis County Green Party:

On December 17, 2008 the Travis County Green Party (TCGP), working in conjunction with Austinites Lobbying for Municipal Accountability and Gray Panthers of Austin, presented to the office of the Travis County District Attorney Ms. Rosemary Lehmberg, this letter expressing our concerns regarding possible criminal misconduct on the part of City of Austin public officials in connection with missing federal housing funds.

Despite Federal law, Title 18 U.S. Code, requiring public officials to respond to such information when provided by citizens, and despite repeated requests by TCGP for a responce prior to the May 9, 2009 City Election, we have not as of May 13, 2009 received any reply or even an acknowledgment from the DA’s office.

Contact Information:

Bill Stout
589-8048
Green Party of Texas Legislative Liason
billstout@txgreens.org

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Travis County Green Party & Gray Panthers join Austinites Lobbying for Municipal Accountability in probe of possible City of Austin criminal activity related to Federal Housing Funds

February 12, 2009; updated March 2, 2009

The Travis County Green Party released the following Public Statement, regarding the task that Bill Holloway, our late co-chair, was working on at the time of his death. In fact, 3 weeks before his death, he gave the documents cited in the Statement to the Travis County District Attorney. Here is the Statement:

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The Green Party, and the Citizens of Texas, trust that decisions made by Public Officials about expenditure(s) of tax dollars represent a sacred agreement: Public expectation that our elected and appointed ‘public servants’ will honor that trust with honesty, integrity and accountability!

It is with that overall understanding and expectation that the Travis County Green Party referred thisletter – which raises questions in connection with failure and/or refusal by officials of the City of Austin to comply with the mandates of Title 18 US Code requiring action on violations of criminal statutes – to the Travis County District Attorney’s office on 17 December 2008. The attached document requested inquiry and appropriate action(s)!

It is with some degree of concern therefore that, as of this date, we find ourselves in the situation of not having received a written response – not even a written acknowledgment – from Travis County District Attorney’s office to the attached document requesting an inquiry into the specifics.

Finally, we request – given the serious questions concerning violations of civil and criminal statutes reflected in the accompanying letter (and the voluminous well-documented attachments) – the Travis County District Attorney to provide (1) a written acknowledgment of receipt of this request for an in-depth investigation, including (2) a target date for a comprehensive Report to the Citizens of Austin/Travis County – and well prior to our May 2009 City of Austin elections!

Charles Wukasch
Co-Chair
Travis County Green Party

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The failure and/or refusal of City and County officials to respond – as required by law – to the questions and issues raised by the Travis County Green Party and the Gray Panthers with regard to possible criminal conduct in connection with the disposition of Federal funds and bond money (specifically, $55,000,000 in housing bonds) poses three further questions:

(1) What are they hiding?

(2) Why and to what extent should the public place confidence in the proper use of Federal stimulus funds placed at the disposal of these same “public servants”?

(3) Shouldn’t these still-unresolved questions concerning possible abuse (more properly termed “corruption”, perhaps?) be a major focus of the upcoming May 2009 municipal election?

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The complete documentation package is available for public examination.

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On March 1, 2009, Allissa Chambers, the owner of the house in question, sent a message to City Manager Mark Ott, several council members, and several Austin staff members. That message contained these documents (which you may view by clicking their names below):

* Letter from Allissa Chambers to Mark Ott

* The six attachments cited in the letter, collected into one document

Then on March 2, Ms. Chambers sent this second message to City Manager Ott, containing additional information.

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ALMA-Complete-Documentation.pdf 3.93 MB