Convicted of 12 properties on Overland Heights, Greensboro; Housing Coalition suggests a doable Medicaid program
The executive director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition says they uncovered the project last week when the power went out in the apartments at Georgetown Manor.
GREENSBORO, NC – A dozen homes are now convicted after city health inspectors find bugs, cockroaches, leaks, and broken fire and smoke alarms.
The discovery of these issues last week led to an even more extensive investigation into a possible Medicaid program.
The executive director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition explains this alleged plan: The scammers go out, look for people in deep poverty, and then ask if they have Medicaid. If so – they offer housing, and from then on it turns.
In Overland Heights, Greensboro, you’ll find Vanessa Cunningham, who says she has no other place to stay.
“I’m just homeless and I need a place to stay, so that’s the best I can do,” she said.
Their unit was not condemned, but many of their neighbors had to move – like Kenneth Williamson. His apartment at Georgetown Manor was one of the twelve convicted by the city. He described the conditions to us.
“No air conditioning, stove does not work, refrigerator does not close completely, so cockroaches get in the refrigerator. And bed bugs, ”he said.
You are two of the dozen of people the Greensboro Housing Coalition believes were made to live here.
“You are desperate is the answer,” said managing director Brett Byerly. “And what all residents told me is that they have been recruited into these programs.”
Last week, Byerly was informed of a possible Medicaid program when the complex was cut from power and one of the residents called him.
On the surface, it may seem like a useful program to certain needy people. They get free or discounted accommodation, but most residents have to attend classes because of substance abuse or other mental health problems.
However, Byerly says that the scammers who go about it can benefit from the people they are supposed to be helping.
“A substance abuse class has a rate they pay per person per week that they can bill Medicaid to bill for these services,” he explains. “A very clever way of getting people to go to their appointments is to put them all in an apartment complex, pull a bus out the front and let them get on the bus every morning. And to tell them if they don’t get on the bus they will lose their apartment. “
Byerly says he doesn’t think this is an isolated incident, and says that multiple websites like this work the same way across town.
The city says it is reviewing all options on how to track down the agencies behind this alleged scheme.
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