Several supporters sat in the federal courtroom last week as Angela Goodwine, 53, solemnly admitted she stole thousands of dollars in taxpayer money meant to help battered women. Her father, the Rev. Raleigh Trammell, was not among them.
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Raleigh Trammell timeline
1978: Raleigh Trammell is convicted of larceny and grand theft in connection with the theft of welfare money while Trammell was deputy director of the Montgomery County Welfare Department. He set up a fake welfare account and got another person to cash the checks. Sentenced to 4 to 10 years in prison, and paroled after a year, Trammell soon becomes head of the Dayton chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights group founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Eventually, he also is named national chairman.
December 2009: The national SCLC in Atlanta suspends Trammell pending an investigation of financial irregularities. After a long, bitter court fight, Trammell is permanently removed. He is not charged criminally after prosecutors determine his financial activities were approved by his board of directors.
Feb. 11, 2010: FBI agents raid the Dayton SCLC chapter offices and the homes of Trammell and his daughter, Angela Goodwine, acting on a tip that they were stealing taxpayer money. The FBI didn’t disclose the reason for the raid.
Feb. 21, 2010: A Dayton Daily News investigation finds that Trammell’s groups for years received Federal Emergency Management Agency money for a non-existent battered women’s shelter and a food pantry that fed no one. A year later the government unseals the original search warrant showing the FBI raid was prompted by a tip from a confidential source alleging theft of the FEMA money.
Jan. 12, 2011: Prompted by the Daily News investigation, Montgomery County prosecutors obtained a grand jury indictment on 51 felony counts alleging Trammell stole local taxpayer money for a fraudulent program allegedly providing meals to senior citizens in poverty.
June 1, 2012: After a jury trial, Trammell is convicted on all 51 counts. He later is sentenced to 18 months in prison, but serves 10 days before being released on appeal bond. That appeal is pending.
April 11, 2013: Federal prosecutors file a bill of information charging Goodwine with stealing FEMA money for the bogus shelter.
May 8, 2013: Goodwine pleads guilty to one felony count, admitting she stole more than $70,000 in public funds. She is free pending sentencing on Aug. 6. Trammell, the original target of the FBI probe, has not been charged.
Staying with the story
The Dayton Daily News broke the story three years ago about what authorities later confirmed was stolen taxpayer money meant to be spent for a battered women’s shelter that didn’t exist. We will continue to follow new developments in this story.