State worker accused of bilking housing program

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 17, 2012 - 11:48 PM

An employee of the Minnesota secretary of state's office has been charged with using a false identity to collect low-income housing tax credits from the federal government.

In a federal indictment unsealed Monday, Oluremi George, 53, of Woodbury, is charged with five counts of Social Security fraud, four counts of making false statements and passport fraud.

George, an administrative assistant in the office, for several years allegedly used the name Victoria Ayoola and a bogus Social Security number to apply for a residence at the Pondview Townhomes, a low-income housing complex.

She also claimed annual income in those years ranging from about $29,000 to $32,000, while her actual earnings were roughly $56,000 to $60,000 a year, the indictment alleged.

These underestimates netted George more than $18,000 in housing subsidies, according to the charges.

George is also accused of using the Ayoola name and the fraudulently obtained Social Security number on an application for a Minnesota driver's license in 2009 and on a passport application in 2007.

Contacted Tuesday, George declined to comment but did say she was unsure about her employment status with the state. She also would not explain why immigration officials were involved in investigating her case.

The secretary of state's office was checking Tuesday on George's employment status.

PAUL WALSH

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