BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A former program director with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and two others have been arrested in connection with an alleged kickback scheme involving federal grant money.
Curtis Mack, 52, Shonda Burns and Elaine Borskey were arrested after a three-year investigation by the Louisiana Department of Justice and the FBI.
Authorities said they began investigating Mack in 2013 after a manager of an independent living facility that houses the homeless, mentally ill and substance abuse clients made claims that Mack solicited bribes.
According to the apartment manager, Mack told him that he would give him money for the apartment complex through a federal grant to support the mentally ill, homeless and those suffering from substance abuse and in return, the manager would cash the checks and return the money to Mack, who would later write off the payments as maintenance work.
Through the investigation, it was reportedly found that Mack did the same with Elaine Borskey, the former director of the Outreach Center, and Shonda Burns, the owner of Angel House.
Records showed Burns received nearly $47,000 in payments from April 9. 2010 until March 19, 2012 and gave Mack nearly $13,000 in kickbacks. Borskey reportedly received nearly $23,000 through the Olmstead Grant between Sept. 9, 2011 through July 8, 2013. Officials said as a result, Mack, Borskey and Burns defrauded the Olmstead Grant for more than $90,000.
Mack has been charged with public bribery, malfeasance in office, theft by fraud over $13,000, money laundering and criminal conspiracy.
Borskey was booked on charges of money laundering and criminal conspiracy.
Burns faces charges of public bribery and criminal conspiracy.
No bond has been set for any of the suspects.