City contractor accused of illegally dumping tires, garbage

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A government contractor paid to clean up blighted properties has been indicted on two counts of aggravated littering, according to Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

Vontyna Durham, 44, owner of Durham Housing Services and a former Memphis Code Enforcement employee, stands accused of dumping large amounts of tires and other debris from properties she was hired to clean up.

Investigators said video caught Durham dumping truckloads of tires, debris, and garbage on the roadside and down an embankment from October 16-25, 2017. The city paid another $3,340 to clean up the mess Durham dumped.

"Anytime you do wrong, you're supposed to be behind bars," Emma Pegues said.

Pegues said the area off Grimes Street in South Memphis that Durham used as a dumping site has been frequently used by people looking to get rid of trash. Pegues said she regularly calls police to report the problem.

"I've got to live here, and I've got grandkids I've got to raise," Pegues said.

Durham could face up to 12 years behind bars, if convicted of all charges in this case. At this time, there is no date for when her trial will begin.

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