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GOP lawmakers defend Florida Housing Finance Corp.’s expenses

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Republican lawmakers came to the defense of the state’s beleaguered affordable housing organization during a presentation of audit findings critical of the agency. The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee formally heard the report Thursday; the audit of the Florida Housing Finance Corp. (FHFC), steward of both state and federal affordable housing money, was released in December. Lawmakers focused on lavish events thrown for lenders and board members, including a $52,000 dinner with broiled lobster and filet mignon, and another that featured a $420 Spanish charcuterie station. State audit manager…

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Ken Reecy named interim head of Florida Housing

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Ken Reecy has been named Interim Executive Director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), according to a press release. Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, announced the move on Friday. Reecy currently serves as the agency’s Multifamily Program Director. “Ken has extensive experience and is committed to helping Florida families secure safe, affordable housing in communities all across our state,” Proctor said in a statement. “He has a strong understanding of the unique programs used to meet different…

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Steve Auger quits Florida Housing Finance Corp.

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Steve Auger, executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corp., has resigned. Barney Smith, president of The Smith & Young Company and chair of the agency, confirmed Auger’s resignation Friday. He otherwise declined comment when reached by phone. Auger sent a resignation letter to Smith and Department of Economic Opportunity director Cissy Proctor Thursday, saying he would exit the agency effective Jan. 5. “It has been an honor and a blessing to have been a part of an organization of such fine people who…

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Who watches the low-income housing watchmen? (Part III)

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Now that the ink is dry on a federal criminal plea deal that put an end to a $36 million housing fraud, what will legislators do now to make sure it doesn’t happen again? To recap, federal prosecutors had alleged 70-year-old developer Lloyd Boggio of Carlisle Development Group and others defrauded the government out of millions. They did so by padding South Florida affordable-housing projects to get federal tax credits and grants, then keeping the excess. Last month, Boggio pleaded…

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Who watches the low-income housing watchmen? (Part II)

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Earlier this week, I wrote about “a South Florida swindle” that resulted in 70-year-old developer Lloyd Boggio copping a plea and agreeing to spend his golden years in a federal pokey. Federal prosecutors allege Boggio, Matthew Greer and others defrauded the government out of as much as $36 million by padding affordable-housing projects to get federal tax credits and grant monies, then keeping the excess. Boggio, co-founder of Carlisle Development Group, also agreed to turn over an initial $2 million in…

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Who watches the low-income housing watchmen?

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A South Florida swindle that involved stealing money intended to put roofs over poor folk’s heads is spinning to an ignominious close. Lloyd Boggio, once head of the affordable-housing developer Carlisle Development Group in Miami, copped a plea Monday rather than face the full extent of the accusations against him. Those accusations are that he was one of several people who schemed to “pad construction costs of rental apartments (for lower-income residents) to generate higher government-issued tax credits for (the company) and…

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