Local Man Busted For Scamming Ocean Bay Houses
A Local former New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) employee was arrested by the city's Department of Investigation this week, for allegedly stealing an estimated $1,500 in NYCHA funds. He is accused of making unauthorized ATM withdrawals, many while he was out on sick leave, from a bank account maintained for NYCHA's Ocean Bay Community Center in Queens, the community center he oversaw.
Alfred Kenlaw, a NYCHA employee since 1986, worked as the Director/ Community Coordinator for NYCHA's Ocean Bay Community Center. Officials say that he was responsible for overseeing the community center and facilitating the youth and teen-related programs offered at the center. He was given access to the community center's petty cash debit card that NYCHA maintained at the center to purchase materials for the center and its youth programs. Instead of using the ATM card for authorized and approved business-related purchases,
DOI investigators allege that they determined that Kenlaw made approximately 32 unauthorized ATM withdrawals for his personal use. Further, DOI determined that of the 32 unauthorized withdrawals made from various ATM machines throughout the borough of Queens, 28 of them were made while he was out on sick leave in May and June 2005, when the debit card should have been locked in the community center safe.
DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said, "This city employee is accused of taking money from children by padding his pockets with money that was supposed to be used for the summer camp program at the community center. As this arrest shows, DOI is determined to stop this kind of criminal activity."
Kenlaw, 57, who had been employed with NYCHA for two decades, is charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E Felony. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.
He no longer works at the community center, a DOI spokesperson confirmed.