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Dexter real estate office raided as part of federal investigation

(Source: KFVS 12) (Source: KFVS 12)
DEXTER, MO (KFVS) -

Federal agents executed simultaneous search warrants inside the offices of Gill Group in Dexter and Global Ministries Foundation locations in Memphis.

The raids took place in the morning hours on Wednesday, August 3 according United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General spokesperson, Darrell Madden.

Investigators are currently not saying what the search warrants were for or if anything was taken from the offices.

Gill Group offers “Appraisals, Market Feasibility Studies and Rent Comparability Studies” among other real estate services, according to its website.

An attorney for Gill Group released the following statement regarding the investigation:

“Legal process was served seeking documents and information.  The Gill Group is cooperating with authorities.  We are reviewing the matter at this time.”

Memphis station WMC reports Global Ministries Foundations owns low-rent real estate in the Memphis area including several major apartment complexes designated for public housing.

GMF, a Christian organization, said they are cooperating. They 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."

GMF has faced numerous issues in Memphis over the past year. In February, tenants from Tulane and Warren apartments were forced to relocate after the Department of Housing and Urban Development determined owners of the building failed to make living conditions suitable. These apartments are no longer run by GMF.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has pushed for a federal investigation into GMF. He issued the following statement on the raid:

"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 properties in Florida, to live in deplorable public housing conditions. This investigation 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."

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