Lincoln girl accused of emergency rental help fraud | Crime and Courts

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A warrant has gone out for the arrest of a former Lincoln caseworker who allegedly made false functions for emergency rental assist and took a lower of the cash.

Laura L. Graham, 34, was charged Thursday with felony theft over $ 5,000 and tried theft over $ 5,000, and a warrant went out for her arrest.

In an affidavit for Graham’s arrest, Lincoln Police Officer Don Fosler stated she had been employed as a Lincoln / Lancaster County Prevention Help Frequent Fund case supervisor with Household Companies. As a part of the job, Graham processed functions for the U.S. Division of Treasury’s Emergency Rental Help Program, for individuals who couldn’t pay lease or utilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fosler stated in late October he started his investigation after an worker with the Lincoln / Lancaster County City Improvement Division, which screens emergency rental help functions, requested Graham to get a utility invoice for proof of residency on an software and found the LES invoice she offered had been altered.

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Fosler stated he carried out investigations into extra emergency rental help functions of concern that had already been processed, together with one for $ 14,800 in April 2021 and one other for $ 26,040 in June 2020.

He realized the girl listed because the tenant on the primary software had by no means lived in Lincoln, although her daughter did and allegedly had made greater than 100 calls to Graham in the identical time interval $ 14,800 in rental help had been accredited to the girl’s mom.

Graham’s account acquired $ 6,825 shortly after the funds had been deposited, Fosler stated.

Within the later software, he realized, the tenants’ names had been fabricated and by no means lived on the Lincoln deal with. The owner, Alyssa Rodriguez, was charged with theft in April.

Fosler stated cellular phone data present Rodriguez and Graham had greater than 400 calls between their cell telephones over the course of the yr. He stated financial institution data present Rodriguez transferred $ 4,500 to Graham after getting the funds.

In courtroom data, Fosler described two different functions the place Graham had allegedly entered false info. He stated in a single a Lincoln girl informed him Graham had helped her legitimately obtain mortgage help in 2021, then altered her software to say that two individuals had been renting from her in an try and get more cash, half of which she would preserve.

The girl knew one thing was flawed and stopped making an attempt to get rental help.

Within the different, he stated, Graham allegedly altered a LES invoice to assist an Omaha girl qualify for $ 8,850 in ERA cash.

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