A federal grand jury in Maryland has indicted a former Prince George’s County housing official and her husband on charges that they fraudulently obtained more than $100,000 in federal rental subsidies.
Carla and Raymond Carter, both 53, of Mitchellville are accused of participating in a scheme to funnel payments from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to properties they owned in Capitol Heights and Bowie.
Carla Carter was deputy director of the county’s Housing Authority between 2007 and 2012, when prosecutors say the alleged conspiracy was concocted and carried out, according to federal court records.
While overseeing Prince George’s housing policy, Carter failed to disclose that she and her husband owned two properties registered with HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, according to the indictment announced Friday.
The federal program pays subsidies to private rental property owners who provide housing for low-income families and disabled and elderly citizens.
The Carters enlisted the help of a co-conspirator to receive thousands of dollars in monthly checks through the program, according to the criminal complaint.
This person, who was not identified in court documents, falsely claimed to be the landlord and deposited the money into a bank account under the co-conspirator’s name, according to the filing.
For more than four years, the Carters then transferred those funds — a total of $109,823.98 — to a personal account they administered. Carla Carter also allegedly asked a housing employee to change the names of the listed owner of the properties from hers to that of her husband and the co-conspirator.
Federal officials also accuse Carla Carter of filing financial disclosure statements to the Prince George’s County Board of Ethics that omitted her ownership of the town houses.
The couple is facing 15 criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. They did not respond to a request for comment.
During her tenure, Carter, an accountant and project manager, was appointed by former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) to community advisory committees.