FBI joins investigation into Richmond Housing Authority

FBI joins investigation of Richmond Housing Authority
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The FBI has joined the investigation of the Richmond Housing Authority, where an official is accused of improperly steering agency funds toward maintenance projects that were handled by her husband, an unlicensed contractor, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

Debra Holter, head of maintenance department, was also linked the disappearance of 167 new stoves and refrigerators over eight years. Holter’s former supervisor, Kathleen Jones, left the agency after CIR reported that her nephew, a maintenance worker, enjoyed overtime pay he didn’t deserve.

Holter’s activities are the focus of the FBI’s probe. Agents are looking into “how the housing authority approved contracts and the accounting of assets and resources at the Hacienda housing complex,” Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan told CIR.

Read CIR’s full report on the federal probe here.

RHA is in the process of relocating residents from the Hacienda, which was deemed uninhabitable by the agency’s director nearly a year ago.