Robert Earl Lee, one of three former officials of a Youth Pride Inc. real estate spinoff who are accused of defrauding the federal government of housing funds, was being held in D.C. Jail yesterday after being arrested as a fugitive from Maryland, where he is charged with check fraud.

According to law enforcement authorities, D.C. police, acting on an extradition request issued this week in Prince George's County, arrested Lee Wednesday at his home in Northeast Washington.

Lee was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Dec. 29 at an extradition hearing in D.C. Superior Court.

In February, Lee, three other officers of P.I. Properties Inc. and an accountant were indicted in U.S. District Court on charges they used the nonprofit corporation to divert thousands of dollars from federally funded low-income housing projects for their own, private use.

Lee is scheduled to appear at a hearing in that case today before U.S. District Court Judge John Garrett Penn.

Prince George's County police have charged Lee with passing a bad $800 check to an Oxon Hill man in order to buy a diamond cluster ring. Lee appeared in county District Court on the charge Aug. 17, according to court records, and was released on his personal recognizance.

According to court records, he failed to appear at a Nov. 23 hearing in the case and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Records in D.C. Superior Court show that Lee is also charged with writing a bad check in Washington.