Lakewood woman charged with taking bribe related to Section 8 property
A criminal information was filed charging Trinita Alexander, age 34, of Lakewood, Ohio, with bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The information charges that on or about July 31, 2008, while employed as a manager at Rainbow Terrace, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) Multi-Family, Section 8 Project Based Property in the City of Cleveland, Alexander accepted $400 in U.S. currency to move a Section 8 housing unit applicant ahead of earlier wait-listed applicants.
The information is a result of a joint investigation conducted by Special Agent Robert Heiss with HUD Office of Inspector General and Special Agent Richard Mansfield with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.
A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.