Former DHS worker accused of asking for sex in return for food stamps

Alfred Awonuga
Alfred Awonuga (Courtesy: TBI)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville man is charged with misconduct after he allegedly misused his position in an attempt to get in exchange for benefits.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for Alfred Awonuga, an Eligibility Counselor for the Department of Human Services.

He allegedly used his position in an attempt to get a participant in the state’s food assistance program to have sex with him in exchange for benefits.

The investigation began in March at the request of District Attorney General Glenn Funk.

Agents allege that Awonuga manipulated the program in a separate case by getting benefits for an applicant who was not eligible for them in an attempt to get the participant to have sex with him.

The investigation revealed that after her refusal he, “facilitated the termination of her benefits and later communicated with her that he could assist her in getting her benefits reinstated, while continuing to express a desire in a sexual relationship.”

The agency terminated his employment.

The Davidson County Grand Jury returned indictments for Awonuga in late August, charging the 48-year-old with six counts of official misconduct and one count of attempted official misconduct.

Authorities arrested Awonuga and booked him into the Davidson County jail, where at the time of this release, he was being held on $20,000 bond.

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