DOJ: Man agrees to pay $25K in housing lawsuit

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing him of discouraging families with children from living in an apartment complex he owns.

The agreement approved this week by a federal judge in Charleston requires John Wingard Altman to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the federal government. Altman also has to pay $15,000 to two people harmed by his discrimination.

Federal officials say a September 2011 lawsuit accuses Altman of violating the Fair Housing Act by actively discouraging families with children from living in his 16-unit apartment complex in Summerville.

Altman's attorney did not immediately return a message Tuesday.

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