The wife of a Miami-Dade correctional officer gave up her Section 8 housing voucher after an NBC 6 news investigation revealed that she may have been improperly receiving the benefits–especially since her husband earns about $70,000 a year.
LaTanya Everette-Harper had been living nice and comfy while $1,200 of her $1,383 monthly rent was being covered by the program for years, dating back to 2010.
But Mrs. Harper married her husband in 2015, and he gets a nice check. Mrs. Harper, though, reportedly didn’t tell Section 8 officials she had found a man with a good job, and continued to allegedly have most of her rent covered by the program.
Section 8 recipients are required to report any change in income.
Section 8 is an income-based program designed to ensure housing for low-income persons. NBC 6 reports that a family of four’s income cannot exceed $36,000 per year to qualify; but LaTanya Everette’s husband, Thomas Harper, reportedly earns about twice that amount.
The Section 8 program currently has a waiting list of close to 54,000 people in the Miami-Dade area.
Harper works as a corrections officer at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He also reportedly earned thousands more as a local school district worker.
Harper reportedly told NBC 6 that he didn’t live at the home with his wife.
But the station went undercover, and filmed Harper spending quite a bit of time at the crib he claims to not live at.
He was even filmed at the home with his boat attached to his vehicle.
Section 8 fraud can be prosecuted as a felony, so its no wonder the couple retained an attorney, who released a statement saying Mr. Harper didn’t lie or mislead any governmental authority.
After the story broke, Mrs. Harper voluntarily gave up her voucher. But the drama might not end there: NBC 6 says she is still on the hook for about $36,000 in payments made to her landlord by Section 8, which she appears to have been ineligible to collect.