(Source: www.crainsdetroit.com) A former manager of an apartment building in Detroit's English Village neighborhood has pleaded guilty to accepting cash bribes from hopeful tenants who were on a waiting list for low-cost housing units.
Lucresha Frank, 41, admitted to soliciting and accepting the bribes as manager of Colony Arms, at 9303 E. Jefferson Ave., which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a Wednesday news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Michigan.
Frank, of Pontiac, could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. She is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 6 in U.S. District Court before Judge Terrence Berg.
"Bribery by those entrusted to provide federally-funded housing to the economically disadvantaged is an atrocity that cannot stand," U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a written statement.
Frank's victims included a mother and two children who were homeless, according to the release.
HUD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.