Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Feds' Low Hanging Fruit

Ouch! Don't you hate getting pinched?

Folks, it has been a very interesting week in our city, and if sources are correct it ended with a bang.

Or should I say a pinch?

GA will err on the side of caution and wait for further details. But if the 'word on the street' is true, this is a bombshell development which could impact beyond the borders of Hoboken into Union City, West New York, North  Bergen....  who knows.    If true, it bodes sleepless nights for some, relief for others.

Returning to what we know...

Eyewitnesses reported Federal agents at the HHA this week and an HHA maintenance worker reported the visitors were accessing "boiler rooms".

What does this tell GA?  Speculation...

It sounds like the Feds (finally) came to our garden of corruption and made a beeline for the low-hanging fruit.  Real low and ripe-for-picking. 

One federal agency (for example, the F.B.I. or O.I.G.) can easily access records, documents, correspondence, from another federal agency (FEMA) without courts, subpoenas, or any legal wrangling whatsoever.

Thus the F.B.I. or O.I.G. could obtain the application of a local Housing Authority for FEMA grant money to repair or retrofit facilities against future storms (such as $ to raise building generators). They could obtain all records relating to whether the grant was awarded, how much money, and which agent of the Housing Authority actually signed for it and took the money.   If a check was issued to that Housing Authority, the Feds could track the deposit.  Finally, the Feds would ascertain the existing conditions at the facilities to complete their investigation into whether the work was performed- or not.

In order to discourage (rampant) abuse of federal grant money, GA believes the Feds might choose to make an example of a HUD official  involved in such behavior.

Whoever or wherever that may be. (I dunno, do you?)

Said hypothetical official may rat out others for a lighter penalty.  And if that official allegedly had tapes of elected or appointed officials, developers, discussing a proposed federal housing project worth millions... wow, the Feds would eat that up.   

Yum, yummy!

Getting back to Hoboken, there is a matter of a  FEMA grant allegedly given to the HHA in 2011 after Hurricane Irene. The grant was allegedly allocated to raise building generators for future storms (cough, cough, Sandy, cough, cough...)

Those generators weren't raised.

What happened to the (alleged) FEMA grant money?

Is that why the Feds were poking around HHA boiler rooms?  GA has no idea.  Do you?
(FEMA) Release date: November 29, 2011 
NEPTUNE, N.J. – Federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Irene damage in New Jersey reached nearly $256 million through Nov. 28, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced: 
So which federal agency came to the HHA?

The FBI?
Public corruption is a breach of trust by federal, state, or local officials—often with the help of private sector accomplices. It’s also the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG?
HUD's Office of Inspector General (OIG) Office of Investigation is the law enforcement component of the Department. Our special agents have experience in conducting investigations in all programs of the Department to include tenant and public housing authority (PHA) fraud, waste, and abuse. Unlike other law enforcement agencies, OIG is a part of the Department and has a vested interest in maintaining the integrity of Departmental program.
 The Department of Homeland Security OIG?
DHS Program Fraud / Financial Crimes involving blackmail, contract fraud, grant fraud, immigration fraud and program theft;
Stay tuned.

He had a dream.

6 comments:

  1. The maintenance worker knows the name of the agency since, most probably, he/she had to open up the locked boilder room doors. For us mortals, we have to guess and also speculate as to their objective and target. Interesting wait..............

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  2. that's boiler room doors - the feds procedure is boiler plate.

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  3. This is Jessica Coco. I don't know if these rumors are true or not. I've heard them as have others throughout the HHA. All I know is no one has been harassing me since Friday and the flyers I posted in the mailroom's community boards were still up yesterday. I'm harassed regularly (as in every day) and flyers are taken down usually withing 5 minutes from being posted. I hope he has been arrested, of course. On the otherhand, I'm aware he's going to try to make a deal. He spread news throughout the HHA that he has Brian Stack on tape. Whether its true or not, I can't attest to, because I've never heard the tapes. I'm just relating what I and many others have heard.

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  4. Carmelo the ExtorterSeptember 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    It's not what you say, it's what you can prove. You can't prove Mr. Carmelo is responsible for all the alleged crimes against you in your apartment. Mr. Carmelo has other people do that work much like how a Beth Mason operates.

    Brian Stack will fix any problem Mr. Carmelo has... or else. If Mr. Carmelo is feeling compassionate to his dog, he'll show Brian Stack mercy.

    I'll record you all?

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  5. Rumors about the feds snooping around at the West New York Housing Authority were circulating around town earlier last week.

    One old time pol thinks that neither WNY nor Hoboken was visited by FBI, arguing that they generally make a big show and leave behind business cards.

    That observation doesn't preclude other federal and state agencies from having dropped on by.

    Brian Stack has been incredibly lucky until this point. a number of his closest allies have been MIA for some time and some have long been speculating that one or more will eventually spill the beans.

    Great work GA, in getting Ms Coco's story out on the internet. I hope Garcia is brought down, sooner rather than later.

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  6. sure i see the connection with wny....i could never figure out why no one can find the Hoboken HUD list for senior housing/disabled .... to hear some rumors that you can get on the top of the list through wny ,,,,could be just rumor speculation lol Now we need to see who runs the marine view list.....

    that sure is a lot of money granted to the housing department and not fix the elevators....just heart breaking greed.....if this story it true....and it should be mandated through out hoboken that all generators go on the roof, especially after what happened in marine view 2......22 floors and no elevator....

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