Former Apartment Complex Manager Indicted For Embezzlement Of Public Housing Funds
Orlando, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Liliam Patricia Urbina (46, Sanford) with theft and embezzlement concerning programs receiving federal funds. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Urbina that the United States intends to forfeit $80,168.16, which is alleged to be the funds she obtained through the offense.
According to the indictment, Urbina was employed as the manager of an apartment complex (“Tuscany at Aloma”) owned and operated by the Winter Park Housing Authority, which receives federal funding and provides affordable housing. As the manager, she collected rent from tenants of the apartment complex. The indictment alleges that beginning on or about October 2011 through on or about March 2013, Urbina used the rent payments provided to her by tenants, for her own purposes. Among other things, she deposited the money orders that she received from tenants into bank accounts which she controlled, cashed the money orders, and used them to pay her own rent and purchase a vehicle.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Irick.