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Worcester checks cars to catch housing cheaters

November 28, 2011
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WORCESTER, Mass.—The Worcester Housing Authority is cracking down on people living in public housing fraudulently by checking residents' cars.

Authority officials say expensive cars, and even boats, are often clues that residents' income is too high to qualify for public housing. Expensive cars may also indicate an unauthorized person living in an apartment.

Executive Director Raymond Mariano tells The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/u4X0Vm) that so far investigators have identified nine people in violation of their lease, often by under-reporting their income. Rent is determined by income.

He says in one case a resident had a boat and two cars. The resident chose to move out rather than face eviction hearings.

Mariano says the authority has recovered $63,000 from residents suspected of fraud.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com

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