Former NAACP Official and Housing Advocate Found Guilty of Wire and Mortgage Fraud Continues to Proclaim Her Innocence and Plans to Appeal the Court’s Decision



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Former NAACP Official and Housing Advocate Found Guilty of Wire and Mortgage Fraud Continues to Proclaim Her Innocence and Plans to Appeal the Court’s Decision

(July 21, 2015 – Greenbelt, Maryland) Dr. Carmen R. Johnson, former Housing Committee chair for the NAACP State Conference for Maryland and Prince George’s County, Maryland, and housing advocate, was found guilty by a federal grand jury of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and making false statements on loan applications on February 20th in a Federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland. She was taken into Federal custody the same day and is currently being held at a correctional facility in Washington, D.C.

On June 3rd, Dr. Johnson was sentenced to 57 months in prison by Judge George Jerrod Hazel. Once she is released, she will be placed on supervised probation for five years.

Dr. Johnson, along with her co-defendants, was also ordered to pay approximately $2,315,660.94 in restitution.

“I have no regrets about my decision to take my case to trial.” Dr. Johnson said. “I am extremely disappointed with the outcome of my trial but I will continue to fight until justice prevails.”

Dr. Johnson’s family has hired the Liberty Law Team, a law firm based in Longwood, Florida, to handle her appeal. Lead attorney Mike Foley will file an appeal on Dr. Johnson’s behalf in a few weeks.

“Our law firm was retained to handle Dr. Johnson’s appeal because she believes that there was an injustice in the conduct of the case and the trial,” Foley said.

“She wants the opportunity to clarify her stance so that everyone gets a clear picture of what she did and did not do,” Foley continued.

“I don’t think any American should to be forced to take a plea, and if they do take a plea, they should not be mistreated,” Dr. Johnson said. “I was bullied for standing up for myself.”

Dr. Johnson, the creator and founder of the Katie Able Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on financial literacy education, is known for being a philanthropist. As the Housing Committee Chair for the NAACP State Conference for Maryland and Prince George’s County, Maryland, she passionately and publicly fought for victims of illegal foreclosures and unfair housing practices.

She recently spearheaded a campaign to enact an emergency bill that would freeze foreclosures in the state of Maryland for six months. This moratorium would allow a third-party verifier (ideally a nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with the banks) to examine all foreclosures in Maryland for discrepancies and errors.

She worked with the NAACP from October 2012 to June 2015, ending when she was found guilty at trial.

“Johnson suffers from Legal Abuse Syndrome (LAS) brought on by what she believes is persecution from an unjust system,” said Dr. Karin Huffer, the founder and executive director of the Equal Access Advocates and the author of Overcoming the Devastation of Legal Abuse Syndrome.

“The lack of recognition of mental health issues creates problems for people dealing with accusations and tends to distort the handling and the outcome of the case. We will be investigating to determine if this, along with other things, happened in Dr. Johnson’s case,” Foley said.