January 17, 2013 - Federal prosecutors charged a woman in Nashville with taking money from Veterans Affairs grants that she said was to be used for housing for homeless veterans, and they are seeking reimbursement of over $300,000.
Birdie Anderson operated Next Stage Inc., a nonprofit that claimed to provide training, outreach and housing for homeless veterans. Anderson received grants from the VA to provide housing and other support for homeless veterans, but prosecutors claim she made false statements and kept some of the money intended for veterans.
She was charged Monday with making false statements and theft of more than $1,000 in public money. A federal public defender appointed to her case did not immediately return a call for comment and a phone number for Anderson that was on file with tax documents for the charity was no longer in service.
The first grant was for $80,600 in 2007 for the purchase of a home in Nashville that she said would be used for housing for homeless veterans for a period of at least seven years. According to the charges against her, she claimed the house was worth $124,000 and that she could provide the additional money needed to purchase the home, which is a specific condition for obtaining the grant. read more>>>