Prince George’s County Housing Official, Husband Convicted in $112K Rental Scam

CivilJusticeHomePageGraphic-613x419The former deputy director of the Prince George’s County Housing Authority, and her husband, face up to two decades in prison for a scam that paid them about $112,000 in rental subsidy payments from the Housing Authority.

Carla and Raymond Carter, both 54, of Mitchellville, were convicted Oct. 2 by a federal jury, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland.

 Prosecutors say the couple owned properties in Prince George’s County that were registered in HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which helps low-income families, the elderly and the disabled find safe housing. The program is administered by the county’s Housing Authority.

The evidence showed that from October 2007 through December 2012, the Carters conspired to defraud HUD and the Housing Authority to obtain rental subsidy payments for the properties they owned in Bowie and Capitol Heights. To disguise the scheme, the Carters listed a co-conspirator as the owner and landlord of the properties, and submitted numerous false documents to the Housing Authority, prosecutors say.

In 2008 or 2009, Carla Carter asked an employee of the Housing Authority to change the listed owner and landlord of one of the properties in computer records from “Carla Carter” to “Raymond Carter” and the co-conspirator. According to trial testimony, all of the rental subsidies were funneled into three bank accounts controlled by the Carters.

According to the trial testimony, on May 5, 2008, and April 18, 2011, Carla Carter submitted a false financial disclosure statement to the Prince George’s County Board of Ethics that failed to disclose her ownership of the properties. Carla Carter resigned on April 6, 2012, shortly after the housing agency placed her on administrative leave.

Carla and Raymond Carter each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiring to commit wire fraud, 13 counts of wire fraud, and conspiring to commit money laundering. The Carters were released until their Jan. 11 sentencing under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services.

Via patch.

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