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Glendale man pleads no contest to housing fraud

A Glendale man will be sentenced in November for defrauding the city of $18,492 when he lied about his finances to get federal subsidized housing.

Norayr Aklyan pleaded no contest Friday to one felony count of defrauding the Glendale Housing Authority and four felony counts of perjury and obtaining money, labor or property by false pretenses, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Aklyan has reimbursed the Housing Authority for the loss, the Glendale News-Press reported, citing federal officials.

Aklyan was accepted into the city's low-income housing assistance program after he declared having only one bank account and his Social Security benefits — $870 per month — as his sole income, according to police reports.

But he allegedly never notified housing advisors that he established a bank account and deposited about $12,150. He later went on to deposit tens of thousands of dollars into the bank account, according to city officials.


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