Property manager charged after stealing tenants’ rent money orders

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Memphis property manager is behind bars after forging his tenant’s rent money orders, according to an affidavit.

Antonio Woodard of the Washington Manor Apartments is charged with theft of property and forgery.

In Jan. 2019, Woodard would accept residents’ rent money orders that did not have the apartment complex name written on them, he would make a copy, write the complex name on the copy and give it back to them, according to an affidavit.

Woodard will then write his name on the original money order and cash it, according to court documents.

He continued the forgery until he was fired on March 25, 2020, according to an affidavit,

Court documents revealed that he stole $14,938. He also allowed a tenant to stay in an apartment for free from May 2019 through Jan. 2020, causing the apartment to lose $5,175 in rent and $402.13 in utilities.

The new property manager, Jera Moran, spoke with the residents about missed payments and they showed money orders that proved they had been given to the apartment, according to court documents.

Moran requested information from the money order companies, and the cashed money orders showed to have Woodard’s name on them, according to an affidavit.

The apartment lost a total of $20,515.13.