Landlord Settles Rental Housing Fraud Allegations

A Georgia landlord recently paid $48,900 to settle allegations that he fraudulently received federally funded housing assistance payments from the Atlanta Housing Authority while at the same time requiring a tenant to pay unauthorized supplemental rental payments.

The qui tam lawsuit filed by Lowanda Strickland alleged that the landlord, Yinka Omole, received payments from the Atlanta Housing Authority under the Section 8 housing assistance program for property rented to Ms. Strickland and her family. The purpose of the Section 8 housing program is to provide affordable housing to low-income families. In addition to the Section 8 payments, Mr. Omole required Ms. Strickland to make supplemental rental payments to him that had not been approved by the Atlanta Housing Authority.

Ms. Strickland will receive a part of the settlement that resolves her qui tam claims. She filed the suit with the help of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

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