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Subjects of Lee Zurik's 'Living Large' investigation charged in federal indictment

From left, Melanie Duplechain, Ada Craige-Roberson and Rickey Roberson (FOX 8 Photo) From left, Melanie Duplechain, Ada Craige-Roberson and Rickey Roberson (FOX 8 Photo)
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

A federal indictment accuses a family running a non-profit of conspiracy and theft of federal funds intended for the disabled and homeless.

The three-count indictment is against Rickey Roberson, 48, his wife Ada Craige-Roberson, 42, and her mother Melanie Duplechain, 69, who were the subjects of a multi-part FOX 8 Lee Zurik Investigation, "Living Large."

The defendants operated Alternatives Living, Inc., a non-profit which claimed to provide affordable housing to the elderly, homeless families and people suffering from mental disabilities. 

Prosecutors say the family used Community Development Block Grant funds to pay for football tickets and a vacation cruise.

Click here to see the Lee Zurik investigation into Alternatives Living, Inc. 

If convicted Roberson, Craige-Roberson and Duplechain could face prison terms and thousands of dollars in fines. 

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, the Office of State Inspector General, and with the assistance of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office in investigating this matter.  

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