Two indicted for laundering money from low-income home repairs

 

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – 3 Years after a 7 News Investigation into a Anderson County no-profit low-income home repair group, a Federal Grand jury indicted two people accused of stealing state money for not doing the work they promised.

According to the indictment released this week Erick Bradshaw and Augustine Cabral-Rice of Fresh Start Community Development Corporation lied about repairing low-income homes in Anderson County.

Bradshaw was the Executive Director and Cabral-Rice was the Director of Federal Programs.  They were both indicted for conspiracy and money laundering.

The indictment states they split over $13,000 from a state grant they received for work they never completed back in 2011. Some of the unfinished work was described as a handicap ramp construction to a front porch that was never finished. They’re also accused of forging signatures and inflating construction costs.

FSCDC  was created by Bradshaw as a non-profit organization to repair homes through grants by SC Housing and FHLBank Atlanta.

If they’re found guilty, they could face jail time and have to forfeit over $280,000 dollars.

Bradshaw also plead guilty to embezzlement In 2000, taking more than 50 thousand dollars from the Bethlehem center in Spartanburg charity.

He told us in 2013, Fresh start was named because the new organization was a sign of his life turning around.

“This is not a repeat of my past.  I’m not that same person.  We started this program to help needy families and that’s what we’ve done over the last year and a half,” he said in a 2013 interview with 7 News’ Gordon Dill.

After we called SC Housing in 2013, the Agency discovered false documentation in Fresh Start Paperwork. The non-profit was then banned from the SC Housing Program.

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