Ex-worker at Bridgeport housing sues, claims fraud

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — An ex-employee has sued the Bridgeport Housing Authority, claiming she was fired to cover up $2 million in fraud and mismanagement she discovered.

The Connecticut Post reports that Iris Santiago’s lawsuit also accuses three former colleagues of slander and defamation.

Santiago for several years managed the Section 8 office, which provides federal aid to about half of the authority’s clients to help them pay rent. She was fired in July by then-interim executive director Sharon Ebert.

Santiago says she pointed out what she considered to be $2 million in fraud and misappropriations. She says she was told she was facing discipline in May and was fired in July.

Executive director George Lee Byers said he was reviewing the lawsuit and referred questions to lawyers who were not immediately reached by the newspaper.


Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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