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Memphis Man Charged With Theft Of
Government-Owned Homes From Hud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2012

Memphis, Tenn.- Devitoe Farmer, age 44, of Memphis, Tennessee, has been arrested and charged with
three counts of Theft of Government Property, announced United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III,
and Inspector General David A. Montoya, Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of
Inspector General.

On March 21, 2012, the grand jury returned an indictment charging Devitoe Farmer with knowingly
stealing and converting property owned by the United States Department of Housing and Development
(HUD), a department of the United States government. The penalty for violation of 18 U.S.C. § 641 is no
more than 10 years incarceration, a $250,000 fine or both, plus 3 years post-release supervision.

United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III, stated: “As described in the indictment, the defendant’s
scheme involved the theft of valuable real property from the United States Government. These charges
make clear that we will seek to hold accountable those that would perpetrate such fraud on the United
States. We have an effective partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development Office
of the Inspector General, and we will prosecute these cases vigorously.”

"HUD Office of Inspector General remains vigilant in protecting the integrity of HUD's programs and
maintaining the trust of the American taxpayers. We will continue to work closely with the Department
of Justice to ensure that those who commit fraud against these valuable programs will be held
accountable," said Kathleen A. Hatcher, HUD - Office of Inspector General.

"We appreciate and applaud the combined efforts of the HUD Office of Inspector General, and Department of Justice as we have zero tolerance for such fraud and are committed to aggressively work with them to identify and help prosecute any individuals that would seek to defraud or abuse such an essential program," said HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Edward Jennings, Jr.

The case is being investigated by the United States Department of Housing and Development Office of
Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian K. Coleman on
behalf of the government.

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An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

 

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