The U.S. Attorney’s office has filed a federal charge against Angela Goodwine, the daughter of disgraced civil rights leader the Rev. Raleigh Trammell, alleging she acted as an agent for an organization that “stole, obtained by fraud and intentionally misapplied” in excess of $10,000 in grant money provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency from mid-2008 to mid-2009.
The action came in a one-page bill of information filed April 11 in U.S. District Court. The document doesn’t identify the organization, and U.S. Attorney spokesman Fred Alverson declined to comment on the details except to say a hearing on the charge will be scheduled.
Goodwine, 53, worked closely with her father in administering publicly funded social service programs for the Dayton chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, of which Trammell was chairman. The funding agencies stripped the SCLC of its public funding after finding evidence that the purported programs didn’t exist or Trammell and Goodwine couldn’t account for how the money was spent.
Goodwine, of Dayton, and her attorney could not be reached for comment. She has previously declined to comment on the SCLC controversies.
In 2010, a Dayton Daily News investigation found that the SCLC had received nearly $200,000 in taxpayer funding since 2006 for a non-existent battered women’s shelter in Jefferson Twp. In an application for FEMA money, Goodwine told a local funding board that the shelter had been open since 1988 and served 225 women and children. But the newspaper found that water service to the shelter was turned off within two weeks of the SCLC receiving electronic banking transfers of FEMA grant money in 2009. The group subsequently accepted a second FEMA payment for the shelter, for a total of $23,000 that year.
The Daily News found little water usage at the building since 2006 and none between 2007 and 2008. Since 1999, the SCLC received $743,361 in federal money for the shelter.
A FEMA-funded food pantry supposedly operated by another Trammell-led non-profit group, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, also had ceased to exist, the newspaper found. FEMA funding for the pantry and shelter was withdrawn in 2010.
Goodwine led yet another SCLC program that received more than $120,000 in federal criminal-justice funds allocated by the state of Ohio, the Daily News found. The SCLC’s Teen Relationship Abuse Program involved Goodwine leading discussions with students in local schools about issues such as AIDS awareness, dating abuse, sexting and cyberbullying. The state cancelled that funding after Goodwine couldn’t explain to an inspector how funds were spent.
The FBI conducted simultaneous raids on SCLC headquarters and the homes of Trammell and Goodwine in February 2010 as part of a financial probe of the Dayton SCLC.
Trammell, 77, told the Daily News on Friday he didn’t know about the charges against his daughter.
“I don’t know about it. They don’t keep me informed,” said Trammell. “I’m so confused about my own case. I can’t discuss anything.”
He is out of prison on appeal for his 2012 conviction in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on 51 felony counts regarding misuse of public money for a home-delivered meals program for needy elderly people. The charges came after the 2010 Daily News investigation raised questions about that program along with others overseen by Trammell.
Trammell has not been federally charged and said he doesn’t know if anything is happening with that investigation.
“Mr. Trammell has been charged and convicted of his crimes in state court,” Alverson said. “I can’t provide any information at this time on any federal charges.”
Following the story
The Dayton Daily News has been investigating the activities of the Rev. Raleigh Trammell, his daughter Angela Goodwine and the Dayton chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference under Trammell’s leadership since before the FBI raided their homes and offices in February 2010. Our ongoing investigation raised questions that led officials to strip the SCLC of local and federal public funding, and led to Trammell’s indictment and subsequent conviction on 51 felony counts related to theft of taxpayer money meant to feed the poor. We also broke the story that the SCLC accepted Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for a battered women’s shelter that didn’t exist.