Nonprofit leader charged with stealing $360K in federal VA grants

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:18pm

A Nashville woman is being charged with stealing more than $300,000 of federal government money through the misappropriation of Department of Veteran Affairs grants.

Between 2006 and 2007, Birdie Anderson received about $360,000 in federal grant money for the purchase of two properties and a vehicle that were supposed to help homeless veterans, according to felony information filed in the U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee.

According to a 2007 City Paper story, Anderson is an army veteran who started Next Stage Inc. in 2004 as a nonprofit to assist homeless veterans, especially women.

The government alleges that Anderson used some of the grant money for “her own use or use of another.” She is charged with one count of theft of more than $1,000 of public money.

Anderson is also facing a count of providing a false statement after lying about her monthly income on a loan application.

The maximum sentence on the felony theft charge is 10 years, while the false statement charge carries a maximum sentence of five years. The government also asks for forfeiture of the purchased property and remittance of $280,000 in grant money. 

8 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 1/16/13 at 2:50

Nonprofits are mostly frauds to apply for gov't money. People are stupid to believe that "nonprofit" means anything good---just a vehicle to get free money.

By: NewYorker1 on 1/16/13 at 2:58

OH No, that poor baby. 10 to 15 years in prison. LOL.. That is hilarious.

See, this is why I don't donate money to charities anymore. People are such crooks.

By: Jughead on 1/16/13 at 3:48

Black people know how to scam the gov't out of welfare and grants. And, black politicians allow it. Redistribution of the wealth.

By: Trumpet on 1/16/13 at 9:49

Joe/The Collection:
Question/Observation-Jughead, who would you suggest, introduced and refined the "non-profit" concept into the lexicon of the world's most celebrated "Capitalistic (USA) Society"? It took money and power to do that just as it took money and power to perpetuate the slavery concept in America. In general, Blacks were not responsible for either. What's behind door number two?

By: govskeptic on 1/17/13 at 7:27

Forget all this BS on what the sentence could be. Just watch the false hood of that
when the sentence, if any, is actually delivered. Had this been a loan that some
poor vet was actually attempting to pay on a legitimate loan he would have been
kicked to the curb and actually indicted very early.

By: Jughead on 1/17/13 at 11:07

Man, go to ANY non-profit advocacy center and it is full of blacks applying for gov't loans. Scams, just a way to get free money and dupe taxpayers into thinking it is legit because it is "nonprofit."

America is doomed. Socialism, gun control, rampant welfare...we will collapse. Bring it on and may the strong survive.

By: 4gold on 1/18/13 at 4:26

Yep. They all gets a check. And not a thing wrong with them that they couldnt work if they woild get off the couch.

By: Serena Lowe on 1/23/13 at 10:31

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