Corruption Scandal Rocks NYCHA as 70 Employees Face Bribery Charges

New York City, NY – February 7, 2024

Corruption Scandal Rocks NYCHA

In a sweeping crackdown, “70 current and former employees of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)” face charges of bribery, extortion, and conspiracy. Damian Williams, “U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,” labeled it the “largest single-day bribery takedown” in the history of the Department of Justice. 

The accused, including supervisors, allegedly demanded cash payments from contractors to authorize contracts or approve completed projects, with kickbacks ranging from 10 to 20 percent of the contract value. This scandal, involving over $2 million in bribes for no-bid contracts exceeding $13 million, has prompted the suspension of all implicated NYCHA employees.

The charges underscore a culture of corruption within NYCHA, as individuals exploited their roles for personal gain instead of serving the interests of residents and taxpayers. Federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations conducted arrests across six states and all five boroughs of “New York City.”

NYCHA, the “largest public housing authority in the U.S.,” providing homes to one in 17 New Yorkers, now faces a pivotal moment as authorities work to dismantle corruption and ensure the agency’s commitment to affordable, high-quality housing.

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