Federal civil fraud complaint filed against for Alexander County HUD directors

Two former officials of the Alexander County Housing Authority are now facing a 125-penalty federal civil fraud complaint accusing them of using public housing money for personal use.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the complaint Tuesday against former Alexander County Housing Authority executive directors James Wilson and Martha Franklin.

HUD accuses them of using the money for personal travel and gifts and submitting false documentation.

The agency says Wilson and Franklin exaggerated travel expenses and sometimes double-charged the housing authority, including for hotel stays in Las Vegas.