The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced it has negotiated a settlement that will pay more than $30,000 to an African-American couple who allege that a Bensalem, Pa., apartment complex refused to rent to them because of their race. The couple, Talitha Fleming and William Murray, filed a complaint with HUD in August 2005 alleging that Country Commons Apartments, a 352-unit, HUD-subsidized apartment complex owned by Richlieu Associates and managed by AIMCO, denied them tenancy at the complex while giving preferential treatment to applicants of Russian descent. To resolve the allegations, Country Commons and AIMCO agreed to pay the couple $10,000, plus their monthly rent and security deposit at their current residence until a unit becomes available at Country Co...
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