The Real Deal New York

Nonprofit housing honcho misspent state funds: Comptroller

Chief of Brooklyn group allegedly plowed $20K into iPads and other items

December 16, 2013 01:15PM


Thomas DiNapoli

The president of a Brooklyn foreclosure-prevention nonprofit called the Homeowners Association has been accused of spending $20,000 in state grants on computers for her family. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli alleged that Carolyn Faulkner misspent funds from the Office of Children and Family Services that were allocated for equipment for workshops, seminars and newsletters.

“This vendor was supposed to help individuals achieve the American dream of homeownership,” DiNapoli said. “Instead, she fulfilled her own dreams and allowed her family to use state-funded equipment for homework assignments, iTunes downloads and other personal business.”

Carolyn Faulkner is married to Melvyn Faulkner, a community liason for Brooklyn Assemblywoman Inez Barron, the New York Daily News reported.

The Homeowners Associations works largely with residents of Brownsville East New York, and Canarsie, the News said. [NYDN]Mark Maurer