Queens cop accused in housing fraud

New York /
Aug.August 19, 2009 04:21 PM

A Queens police officer was charged with filing bogus pay stubs with the city’s Housing Preservation and Development in an effort to continue receiving a housing subsidy valued at about $7,600, authorities said.

Simone Smith, stationed in the 108th precinct in Long Island City, was arrested today and faces multiple charges including welfare fraud, forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted grand larceny, the office of the Manhattan District Attorney said.

Smith, 31, a Queens resident, gave doctored pay stubs and W-2 forms to HPD in Manhattan to keep receiving the housing assistance which she was no longer eligible for after earning a higher salary on the police force, prosecutors said. She was placed on modified leave in May.

The most severe charges each carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Smith was expected to be arraigned today and released without posting bail, the DA’s office said. TRD


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