The Real Deal Miami

Authorities arrest 16 for housing fraud

April 08, 2011 11:01AM

State and federal authorities’ Operation Shield II – Fools Gold has
netted 16 people charged with defrauding the government by failing to
disclose either their true income or the criminal history of people in
their household in applying for or maintaining housing benefits. Five
additional culprits remain at large. Some face up to 20 years if found
guilty for their actions, which involved a total of $432,000 in obtained
federal housing benefits. Several federal agencies are involved in the
organization, which has been jointly run with the Palm Beach County
State Attorney’s Office and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. [Palm
Beach Post]