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Former President of Hartford nonprofit arrested for HUD program theft

NEW HAVEN, CT (WWLP) - The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut says Steven F. Harvin of New Haven was arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with wire fraud and theft from programs receiving federal funds.

According to the complaint, from approximately August 2015 to September 2016, Harvin served as President of Zezzo House, a non-profit organization in Hartford that provides housing for individuals and families with health challenges, including HIV/AIDS.  HUD provides "Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS" (HOPWA) funds to the City of Hartford, which in turn provides the HOPWA funds to organizations in the Hartford area, including Zezzo House.  Zezzo House also receives Section 8 funding.

The complaint alleges that from approximately January 2016 to September 2016, Harvin diverted thousands of dollars in federal funds to his personal use.  During this time, Zezzo House received $70,722 in HOPWA funds, some of which the government says Harvin withdrew in cash for himself or spent on personal expenditures.  Harvin is alleged to have also diverted funds from rent checks from Section 8 tenants to his personal use. 

Harvin appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven on Tuesday and was released on a $50,000 bond.

 


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