9 charged for alleged Chicago Housing Authority fraud

CHICAGO (AP) - Nine people have been charged for allegedly defrauding the Chicago Housing Authority and other government agencies of more than $1 million by falsely obtaining benefits to which they were not entitled.

The nine, all from Chicago, are accused of a variety of schemes, including fraudulently obtaining housing assistance funds from CHA by failing to report income to qualify for housing assistance, and getting payments as a landlord in the Housing Choice Voucher program.

Several of the nine are also accused of providing false information to the Social Security Administration in order to obtain housing subsidies or support to which they otherwise would not have been entitled.

The charges against the nine were filed by the Cook County state's attorney's office after investigations by the CHA's inspector general's office.

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