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April 6, 2013

Sellersburg Housing Authority Board discovers ‘bombshell’ of missing funds

Former housing authority director being investigated for fraud



A message on the housing authority’s voicemail cites “circumstances beyond our control” and directs callers to the Charlestown Housing Authority.

Henrietta Boley, executive director of the Charlestown Housing Authority, said her organization is helping answer calls while the Sellersburg Housing Authority is addressing its situation.

“I’m hoping maybe one of them will decide to take it on,” Trester said of one of the Charlestown Housing Authority employees.

She said that the Sellersburg Housing Authority board would work with Charlestown and keep the reporting of the two entities separate.

“Our board members are very dedicated and working hard to keep the program going,” Trester said.

In addition to the allegations Downes faces, it may not have been the only requirement she was violating. According to the Sellersburg Clerk-Treasurer’s office, minutes from the housing authority’s meetings have not been handed over to the clerk since 2007, when Ruth Miller was the housing authority’s director.

Levesque said the investigation has been turned over to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, but as of Friday, no warrant for Downes arrest has been issued.

Downes faces possible charges of forgery, a class C felony, and theft and official miscount, both class D felonies.

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