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Texas landlord accused of housing discrimination

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said today it has charged Georgia Crumbly, a Bonham, Texas, leasing agent, and Johnny Brown, an apartment building owner, with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to rent an apartment to an African American, Bennie Rogers, based on his race and color. HUD's investigation showed that Rogers saw a newspaper rental advertisement for an apartment at 815 Poplar St. in Bonham. On March 12, 2004, Rogers called and arranged to meet leasing agent Crumbly and view the apartment. While viewing the unit, Crumbly allegedly told Rogers that the owner, Brown, didn't rent to blacks. Rogers was not offered an application or any paperwork. Property owner Brown denied that Crumbly worked for him and asserted that he did not have control over her actions. The investigation also found that Crumbly acted as Brown's agent, showing units, collecting rent, and alerting Brown of vacancies. The investigation also found that once this complaint was ...