MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A federal indictment unsealed earlier this week charges a 53-year-old Woodbury woman with using an alternative identity to receive, among other things, more than $18,000 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Oluremi George was specifically charged with five counts of social security fraud, four counts of making false statements, and one count of passport fraud.
The indictment, filed on July 10, alleges that on four occasions between March 1, 2008, and Jan. 14, 2011, George used the name Victoria Avoola and the social security number she fraudulently obtained from the commissioner of social security for that name, in applications for a LIHTC unit at the Pondview Townhomes in Woodbury. Pondview is a low-income housing development that provides housing assistance to its residents through the use of HUD loans and funds.
In order for a person to be eligible to live in one of the units, that person must make less than the federal annual tax credit income limit. However, George purportedly certified that her anticipated 2008 income would be $29,263, even though she knew it would be approximately $56,400.86; that her 2009 income would be $30,243, even though she knew it would be approximately $59,668,82; that her 2010 income would be $31,995, even though she knew it would be approximately $58,633.61; and her 2011 would be $30,930, even though she knew it would be approximately $55,887.13.