Andrea Ayers, 54, is the local CSEA union representative for Mount Vernon city employees and also runs a catering business. She was suspected of spreading the word about the grant money among city employees, at least 27 of whom received the maximum $10,000 advances.
Seventeen employees did so and city officials reported that to the FBI. The list was not made public. Patterson-Howard had no immediate comment on the arrests Tuesday afternoon but did say that Andrea Ayers was not among those who reported receiving federal money.
The 315 applications in June and July - which sought more than $3 million in grants - were traced back to computers in Andrea Ayers' home, an apartment inStamford, Conn.,where Alicia Ayers lives part-time, and from computers in DeKalb County, Georgia, where Proctor lives.