Alderwoman Accused of Fraud
Oct. 08, 2002
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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A Milwaukee alderwoman and her two daughters were charged Tuesday with taking federal grant money for themselves and for the alderwoman's election campaign.
Rosa Cameron was charged with four counts of fraud for her alleged use of community development block grant funds intended for a nonprofit organization she founded. Prosecutor Steven M. Biskupic said she diverted $28,960 in grants to her election fund from October 1999 to April 2000.
Cameron, 55, and daughters LaZanda Moore and Roberta Allen lied to city investigators about receiving funds from the Williamsburg Heights Community Association after Cameron became an alderwoman, a grand jury charged in an indictment. Family members received more than $90,000 from the association after Cameron was elected in 2000, Biskupic said.
The association received more than $245,000, or 95 percent of its funding, from federal programs in 1999, and more than $154,000 in 2000, the indictment said.
If convicted, Cameron faces up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines. Her daughters if convicted face five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
Cameron didn't return telephone calls left at her home, office and the community organization Tuesday.