Ex-Housing Authority Chief Cops Plea To Being A Thief, Illegally Pocketing $30K Intended For Affordable Housing Programs Targeting Eligible Low-Income Families, Elderly
From the Office of the U.S. Attorney (Hartford, Connecticut):
- Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ELIZABETH JO GUTIERREZ, 47, of Ridgefield, pleaded guilty [...] in Hartford to embezzling $30,000 from the Fairfield Housing Authority.
The Fairfield Housing Authority administers federal housing programs for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the mission of providing affordable housing for eligible low-income families and the elderly.
According to court documents and statements made in court, GUTIERREZ served as the Executive Director for the Fairfield Housing Authority from approximately July 2010 to December 2011. In the summer of 2011, GUTIERREZ issued two checks, each in the amount of $15,000, from the Fairfield Housing Authority’s checking account and subsequently deposited them into her own checking account.