Madill Housing Authority executive director facing embezzlement charges

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 10:22 PM CDT
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MADILL, Oklahoma (KXII) - The executive director for the Madill Housing Authority is facing state charges which include nine counts of embezzling $15 thousand or more in federal funding from the low income properties he manages.

The Marshall County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Charles Rember Jr. embezzled just under $400 thousand in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that was allocated to the housing authority in the 2019 federal budget.

A source with the district attorney’s office confirmed Rember Jr. was asking for this money from HUD for things like building materials, and maintenance upkeep. But the housing authority didn’t see a penny, and the tenants never reaped any potential benefits.

“The government should have ran and should have been on top of things,” said Shawn Osborn who has lived at the apartments for three years. “They should have had things in consideration for the people living out here and as far as that goes it’s just a shocker.”

In order to live at the Ridgeview Apartments you have to be either disabled, on disability pay, over 50 or receive Supplemental Security Income. One tenant confirmed most receive supplemental security income.

“We depend on that money for stuff like roofing, housing, grounds keeping. it’s hard to get those things these days,” Osborn said. “That money could have gone to something good, something that could have benefitted a lot of people who live here.”

Tenants apply for housing through the Madill Housing Authority who in turn go through HUD and work to get tenants a place to live at the complex.

Rent at the apartments is based on how much income make, or how much you make collecting from Social Security.

Kenneth McAfee lived at the apartments for 8 to 9 months, he said the news about Rember Jr. was “a shock.”

“I would have never would have thought Charlie would have done something like that,” McAfee said. “That money could have helped a lot of the elderly with wheelchair entrances and fixing the street.”

Rember Jr. said withholding that money made it harder for the people that lived there.

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