Friday, February 26, 2016

NYC Feds, HUD IG Bag Property Manager At 200-Unit Section 8 Housing Project For Allegedly Embezzling Hundred$ Of Thousand$ From Low-Income Complex

In Poughkeepsie, New York, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports:
  • From airfare to dinners out to phone and dental bills, Carl Immich allegedly used the federally-funded Harriet Tubman Terrace Apartments as his personal credit card and checking account for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    The 53-year-old Immich is accused of abusing his position of authority and charging on the Tubman credit card, writing checks on the Tubman bank account and padding the payroll to benefit himself and others. News [] that the Section 8 housing property manager allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the low-income apartment complex in the City of Poughkeepsie shocked long-time residents and raised questions about how the alleged schemes were allowed to happen over more than four years.

    Immich, a Rhinebeck resident, is charged with one count of embezzling government property and one count of theft of property from programs receiving government funds, according to Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office White Plains Division.
    Immich remains property manager for the federally subsidized, 200-unit public housing complex on Jefferson Street.
    The Office of Inspector General’s Department of Housing and Urban Development complaint describes how Immich allegedly pocketed thousands from the monthly payments given to Tubman Terrace. Between June 2010 and November 2014, HUD provided between $150,000 and $160,000 to the public housing complex each month.

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