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Housing employees accused of misusing millions of government dollars

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Apr 12 2013 05:04:22 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 12 2013 04:37:15 PM CDT

Four people were indicted by a Russell County Grand Jury after an investigation into the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission and the Cumberland Plateau Regional Housing Authority. 

Louis Porter Ballenberger II, Patricia Dickenson Gray and Douglas Lee Rasnake are facing charges. They all worked for the agencies. 

Roger Lewis Puckett, with Puckett Construction was also indicted. 

The charges involve money laundering, fraud and forgery, among others. 

In a very lengthy special grand jury report, investigators say the agencies mishandled millions of dollars worth of government-funded projects. 

The agencies are responsible for overseeing federal and state grants intended to renovate low-income homes and neighborhoods throughout southwest Virginia.