Federal agents executed a search warrant on the Global Ministries Foundation in Memphis Wednesday.
FOX13 is working to learn what exactly was taken, but we have learned the Memphis GMF headquarters in Cordova was the only GMF property raided in the Bluff City.
We have found out that agents also executed search warrants on GMF properties in Missouri.
Audrey Young, with GMF Media Relations, released the following statement:
"GMF is fully cooperating with recent HUD inquiries and requests for documentation, and we will continue to aid HUD and other government representatives should they have additional inquiries. In the interim, GMF remains focused and committed to its mission to provide housing to some of America’s families most in need of safe, affordable housing."
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio commented on the announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice on executing search warrants across the country as part of an investigation into Global Ministries Foundation.
"It's about time that federal investigators go after the slumlords at Global Ministries Foundation for stealing millions in taxpayer dollars and forcing residents across the country, including three Florida properties, to live in deplorable public housing conditions,” Rubio said. “This investigation that I called for is just getting started, but I am confident these slumlords will be held accountable for stealing money and endangering the public health and safety of families."
GMF owns several properties in Florida, including in Jacksonville and Orlando.
FOX13 has learned the 'HUD Inspector General,' which is its own agency, is the lead agency in investigating.
Mayor Jim Strickland also commented after GMF was raided Wednesday:
"We continue to work with the receiver and Memphis Housing Authority to find housing solutions for Warren and Tulane residents. We also acknowledge that there are other GMF-owned properties in Memphis, but we have no information on the purpose or outcomes of the reported federal activity,” Strickland said.
Micah Johnson, who is the Communications Director for Senator Bob Corker released the following statement:
"Senator Corker has a long history of advocating for decent, fit and affordable housing, and he is aware of the poor living conditions at various apartment buildings owned by Global Ministries Foundation. Our office has been in contact with the City of Memphis and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and we continue to monitor the investigation," Johnson told FOX13.
Some sources familiar with HUD raids told FOX13 federal agents might be checking to see if GMF lied to HUD or broke federal regulations.
We're told they most likely will look at annual financial statements and cross reference them with GMF's in house records.
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