Glendale man allegedly defrauded city of $18,000 in Section 8 housing funds
Norayr Aklyan is charged with five felony counts — including one for allegedly defrauding the Glendale Housing Authority and four other counts for perjury and obtaining money, labor or property by false pretenses, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court complaint.
The complaint accuses Aklyan of not reporting all of his income when applying for federally subsidized Section 8 housing vouchers, the Glendale News-Press reported.
"The Housing Authority takes fraud seriously with respect to the Section 8 assistance program," said Peter Zovak, the city's deputy housing director.
After being accepted into the city's low-income housing assistance program, Aklyan allegedly failed to notify Housing Authority advisors that he had set up another bank account in which he deposited about $12,150, according to Glendale police reports.
He received $18,492 in financial assistance from Aug. 1, 2008, to Aug. 1, 2010, while residing on the 1100 block of East California Avenue, according to police.
During the two-year span, Aklyan met with housing advisors several times to go over documents for the rental assistance program, according to police reports. In that time, he declared his Social Security benefits — $870 per month — as his sole income, according to police reports. He also allegedly stated that he had one bank account.
After a housing investigator determined that Aklyan had opened a second bank account without notifying the city, he admitted to incorrectly filling out the housing documents in failing to disclose the account, according to police reports.
He claimed to not understand the signed documents, although housing advisors supplied them in Armenian and English.
Last month, Aklyan reimbursed the city $9,492, a portion of the total loss.
-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
Map: The block where Norayr Aklyan resided in Glendale. Aklyan is accused of defrauding more than $18,000 from the city. Source: Google Maps