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Former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Inspector General Sentenced for Falsifying Financial Disclosure Forms

For Immediate Release
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A former Assistant Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for engaging in a scheme to conceal his financial indebtedness to a government contractor and personal friend to whom he steered tens of millions of dollars in government business.

According to court documents, Eghbal “Eddie” Saffarinia, 63, of Front Royal, Virginia, engaged in a scheme to conceal material facts, including the nature and extent of his financial relationship with a personal friend who was the owner and chief executive officer of an information technology company. During a period in which Saffarinia received payments and loans from his friend totaling $80,000, Saffarinia disclosed confidential internal government information to his friend and steered government contracts and provided competitive advantages and preferential treatment to his friend’s company. Saffarinia also failed to disclose this financial relationship and another large promissory note on his public financial disclosure forms.

In September 2022, Saffarinia was convicted after trial of one count of concealing material facts, three counts of making false statements, and three counts of falsifying a record or document.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Director in Charge David Sundberg of the FBI Washington Field Office, and Inspector General Thomas A. Monheim of the Intelligence Community made the announcement.

The FBI Washington Field Office and the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community investigated the case.

Senior Litigation Counsel Edward P. Sullivan and Trial Attorneys Rosaleen T. O’Gara and John P. Taddei of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section prosecuted the case.

Updated May 11, 2023

Public Corruption
Press Release Number: 23-546