A Nashville woman pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to giving false statements to the government to qualify for grants and misappropriating about $360,000 public money.
Birdie Mae Anderson, 54, applied for a grant of about $80,600 in 2006 from the Department of Veteran Affairs to buy property in Nashville to provide housing for homeless veterans. She claimed to the VA that she already had a certain amount of funds to purchase the property, which was a specific condition to receive the grant, according to the indictment.
About a year later, in May 2007, Anderson applied for and received a mortgage of $75,000, but she had falsely claimed that she had a monthly income of $5,250 and that she had a “vested interest in a retirement fund” of $80,600 so she could qualify for the loan, the indictment claims.
Using the loan and the grant — a fact she did not tell the VA — she bought the property. She also didn’t tell the VA that she had retained to herself $25,600 of the grant. She has subsequently lost the house to foreclosure.
In December 2007, Anderson knowingly converted $280,000 of additional federal grant money to her own use. That money was supposed to be used to buy a specialty van and property to benefit the veterans. It wasn’t.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 17.
Amanda Gambill is with the Seigenthaler News Service — MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.