You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

Feds started banging on doors at 5 a.m., launching sober home raid


Residents at the rundown, two-story apartment building at 1501 N. Federal Hwy. said federal agents surrounded the building and began banging on their doors at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Agents questioned the residents and arrested Fransesia “Francine” Davis, the resident manager.

Residents, who asked not to be identified because of their fear of sober home operator Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman, said they were not allowed access to their prescription medication, such as buprenorphine, which is prescribed to prevent addicts from going into withdrawal and help wean them off drugs.

Instead, during normal operations, Davis dispensed their medications. One resident recalled Davis selling the medications.

“It’s a flop house,” said one resident. For a resident with insurance, weekly rent was $50. “You can get high here.”

Federal officials arrested Chatman and five others Wednesday and charged them in an ongoing investigation of sober home abuses in Palm Beach County, the first federal charges since the FBI began investigating more than two years ago.

Residents said they were driven to Chatman’s outpatient treatment center, Journey to Recovery on South Military Trail in Lake Worth, six days a week. Their urine was tested for drugs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but the specimens were flushed down the toilet, they said. They were not provided transportation to 12-step meetings, a common practice in many sober homes.

The building became a sober home after it was bought by 1501 N. Federal LLC in March for $323,550. Michael Kodsi, listed in state corporate records as the authorized member of the company, said he was horrified to learn about the raid. Kodsi, who said he owns multiple rental properties, said he knew the building would be used as a sober home but did not know Chatman or others who were arrested.

“I have zero affiliation with these people,” Kodsi said, adding that he intended to evict the tenants. “I don’t need fraudsters in my property.”

Kodsi said he uses property managers to oversee his properties and handle leases: “I am not a hands-on kind of guy.”

He said his property manager told him the tenant who signed the lease was Davis.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

NEW: Man, 40, arrested for hitting father over ice cream disagreement
NEW: Man, 40, arrested for hitting father over ice cream disagreement

A 40-year-old man was arrested Sunday for cutting his father during an argument about ice cream, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report made public Monday. Deputies say Steven Ritter became irate and cut his father with the family house phone after being told not to eat the ice cream in the living room. His mother told authorities...
Need to learn how to be a property landlord? Lake Worth may show you
Need to learn how to be a property landlord? Lake Worth may show you

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell believes some city property owners can benefit from taking a ‘How To Be A Landlord’ class Lake Worth is exploring. LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth’s code compliance division has had its share of problems in recent...
Trump staff shake-up: Who’ll be right, news media or National Enquirer?
Trump staff shake-up: Who’ll be right, news media or National Enquirer?

Does the National Enquirer, run by a friend of President Donald Trump, really know who in the White House is going to get fired? Enquiring minds do want to know. Yes, it feels like speculation of a shake-up in the Trump administration started just after the Jan. 20 inaugural. The media — including CNN and Fox News — have cited sources,...
JUST IN: Massive swarm of bees kills Florida dog
JUST IN: Massive swarm of bees kills Florida dog

A dog in Florida died after it was stung over 100 times by bees while children inside the home watched helplessly.   WPTV reported that the 45-pound dog, Delilah, was in a Boca Raton backyard when it was attacked by a swarm. The dog’s owner, Debbie Leonard, told WPTV that she had left the home when the dog was attacked, but her children...
One restaurant closes, another opens in Boynton’s Renaissance Commons
One restaurant closes, another opens in Boynton’s Renaissance Commons

Grilled-cheese sandwich lovers have a limited time in Boynton Beach to buy their favorite sandwich from MELT “Crafted Grilled Cheese.” The restaurant in Renaissance Commons, which opened in 2014, will close Sunday. The menu includes a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, chopped salads and side...
More Stories