PHA Official Gets Four-Year Sentence for Corruption

A North Bergen Housing Authority official in New Jersey recently admitted to extorting cash in exchange for vacation days. He was terminated by the housing authority following his guilty plea, and was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

The housing authority official supervised the employees of a grounds maintenance company employed by the housing authority. He would receive between $100 and $400 from each maintenance company employee and in return would then falsely report to the company that the employees were working at the housing authority. The Assistant U.S. Attorney on the case told the judge that the official “used his position for his own personal gain” and his crime “was not just a one-time thing.”