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Former Union County Housing Authority Executive Director Arrested

2/22/2008
 
Special agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General arrested former Union County Housing Authority (UCHA) Executive Director George Wayne Green charging him with one count of organized scheme to defraud, a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Green was employed as the executive director of UCHA from 1995 until his resignation in March 2006. A cooperative investigation by FDLE and HUD alleges that among other acts, Green misappropriated HUD funds, made inappropriate and unauthorized expenditures and maintained fraudulent record keeping that resulted in unlawful compensation to him in excess of $15,000. FDLE and HUD special agents centered their investigation on Green’s activities from 2001 to 2006. The charge of organized scheme to defraud is alleged to have occurred between November 1, 2002 and March 31, 2006.

Utilizing his position as the executive director of UCHA, Green engaged in a pattern of fraud that caused an aggregate theft of UCHA public funds exceeding $50,000.

Michael V. Powell, Special Agent in-Charge, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General stated, “The message is clear, if you do business with HUD and commit fraud, we’re coming after you. We are motivated to do so because like most American taxpayers, we are appalled when people manipulate HUD programs at the expense of those families in need.”

Green was booked into the Union County Jail. He will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office.

For more information, contact:

Sharon Gogerty
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Jacksonville
(904) 360-7100