An Ohio judge suspended Kelley Williams-Bolar’s jail sentence one day early, but the mother of two immediately faces yet another investigation stemming from felony convictions that she lied about her address on official documents so that her daughters could attend an award-winning public school in another district.
Now, city officials are looking into whether the single mother, who earned $13.55 an hour as a teaching assistant, actually qualified for residence in Akron’s public housing.
So, authorities want her to prove she lived in public housing and NOT with her father who lives in a good school district. Didn’t the court already do that?
The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority’s executive director Tony O’Leary said he wanted to meet with Williams-Bolar and her attorney to discuss the matter. At issue is whether her two daughters, age 12 and 16, had been living with her in one of Akron’s housing projects or with their grandfather, Edward L. Williams, a resident in the Copley school district where Williams-Bolar was found to have illegally been sending her children.
Williams-Bolar had testified that she split her residence between the Akron housing and her father’s Copley Township home. Now AMHA is jumping on that to see whether she had been paying the right amount of rent, which is based on household size as well as income. A jury believed private investigators hired by prosecutors to track where Williams-Bolar and her children were actually living.
But, in order to gain entry into the better Copley school, Williams-Bolar signed documents claiming their residence was at her father’s.
O’Leary told the Akron Beacon Journal that the AMHA just needed to figure out what rent she should have been paying.
”We need to determine, with her help, if her kids were living with her,” he said. ”If they were, that’s probably not an issue. If not, she would have been required to report that to us and there would have been an adjustment to her rent.”
The county elections board also wanted prosecutors to look into whether Williams-Bolar violated voter registration laws, but the county attorney’s office said that whatever they might come up with would be too similar to what landed her in jail in the first place.
Let’s see, prosecutors determined that Williams-Bolar and her children had been living in Akron, in AMHA housing — which is what made them unqualified to attend Copley-Fairlawn schools. Won’t that be interesting if the AMHA finds some or part of her family had been residing in Copley, thereby chipping away at their housing subsidies.
I wonder what all these court dates, the jail time, the school shuttling has done to Williams-Bolar’s kids. With the spotlight turned on them, I hope they’re somehow benefiting from the national outrage.