Housing Director Arrested on Suspicion of… Stealing Pills UPDATED

Housing Director Arrested on Suspicion of Entering Apartment, Stealing Pillsmodern natural baby inprogress – UPDATED

(compiled, Nov. 6, 2014)

Ferndale Housing Commission Director Deborah Wilson was arrested Monday at her office in the Withington West Apartments in Ferndale. Police executed a search warrant and subsequently made the arrest. Charges have not yet been filed.

Wilson is seed22_Angela_Fisheraccused of illegally entering at least one apartment and stealing the painkiller Percocet.

The Ferndale Housing Commission is headquartered in Ferndale, but manages a Section 8 program through HUD offering vouchers that can be used in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb Counties. In addition to administering the Section 8 voucher program, the Ferndale Housing Commission’s main task is a public housing program that is limited to the Ferndale city limits. This includes two elderly housing facilities, Autumn House and Withington West. There are also scattered houses through the city that are owned and managed by the Commission, including 15 two bedroom, 21 three bedroom, and 7 four bedroom homes for low income families. The Commission is separate entity from the City, although City Council does appoint the members of the Commission.waterwork

Wilson’s office was picketed in June after a person in the Section 8 program accused the Commission of racism in a dispute over requirements for the program.  http://oaklandcounty115.com/2014/06/19/protesters-claim-racism-in-ferndale-housing-commission-dispute/

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department released a statement about the investigation and arrest:

“An Oakland County Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) investigator received information that Deborah Wilson who is the Ferndale Housing Commission Director was stealing Candlewickshop_May2014prescription narcotics from tenants of the Withington West Apartments, Ferndale MI. She is employed by the Ferndale Housing Commission which is funded by HUD. NET is a multi-jurisdictional drug team comprised of 16 police agencies in Oakland County.

An investigation was initiated at which time investigators conducted surveillance of Deborah Wilson. On November 3, 2014 Investigators observed Wilson exiting a tenant’s apartment located at Withington West. Investigators surveyed and later confronted Wilson in her office at the Withington West Apartments.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for her office. A search of her office revealed twenty-one (21) Percocet tablets. During an interview Wilson admitted to stealing the prescription medication 934_8600_Gen-Online_Bannersfrom the apartment investigators observed her leaving. She also admitted to sealing other prescription medications from numerous other tenants over a period of several months. During the thefts she would replace the stolen medication with generic Tylenol tablets. She was stealing the pills for personal use.


S-1: Deborah Elizabeth Wilson (52 years old) Resident of Clinton Twp.


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On November 6, 2014 Wilson was arraigned at the 43rd District Court in Ferndale before Magistrate Brennan. Her bond was set at $50,000 personal on three felony counts. Her next scheduled court date is 11/10/14 at 1:00 PM”

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