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Arraignments in DBE theft case postponed

Homer Key and Freida Webb

Homer Key and Freida Webb

Arraignments on Tuesday for a contractor and the former director of Milwaukee County’s disadvantaged business enterprise program have been postponed.

Homer Key and Freida Webb were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning on four felony charges each in front of Milwaukee County Circuit Judge William Brash.

Key’s attorney, Rocky Coe, said he was prepared to proceed Tuesday but agreed to go along with the postponement request by Webb’s attorney, Rodney Cubbie.

Cubbie said the arraignment was postponed until 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3.

Both attorneys declined further comment.

Key is charged with forgery, conspiracy to commit the crime of having a private interest in a public contract and two counts of theft by fraud, all felonies, according to court documents. He faces a maximum of $70,000 in fines and 29-½ years in prison.

Webb is charged with forgery, misconduct, theft by fraud and having a private interest in a public contract, all felonies, according to court documents. She faces a maximum of $55,000 in fines and 23 years in prison.

Webb and Key allegedly stole federal Community Development Block Grant money from the county’s Community Business Development Partners, and Key “kicked back” $2,700 to Webb, according to court documents. The grant money came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

— Beth Kevit


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