Ex Fairfield Housing Authority Head to be sentenced

HARTFORD-The former executive director of the Fairfield Housing Authority faces up to 18 months in prison today when she is sentenced in federal court for embezzling at least $30,000 from the agency.

Elizabeth Gutierrez,47, of Ridgefield pleaded guilty in June to theft of federal funds. She served as Fairfield’s executive director from July, 2010 to December, 2011. She left the post to take a similar position in Truth or Consequences, N. M.

An investigation which began with a complaint from Gutierrez’s successor determined she had written two Fairfield Housing Authority checks payable for $15,000 each to a vendor but deposited in her account.

The Fairfield Housing Authority is a quasi-federal agency that helps low-income, the disabled and senior citizen find apartments. The authority manages 68 rental units in its Pine Tree Lane and Trefoil Court communities.

Assistant U.S. Public Defender Paul Thomas is expected to ask U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny to impose only probation on Gutierrez.

Gutierrez has a long history of working in public housing. She began working for the Community Action’s energy assistance program in Danbury before becoming public housing director in that city. After five years as the head of the Danbury public housing program she left to take a similar position in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Categories: Courts, Crime, Fairfield, General
Michael Mayko

5 Responses

  1. FHA Exposed says:

    There is so much more to this story its ridiculous. Part 3 coming soon.

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  2. observer says:

    These types of programs are rife with fraud, up one side and down the other.

  3. Ned P. says:

    Randall Stevens: Unfortunately, you are right on target. White collar crime is crime that gets soft treatment.

  4. Randall Stevens says:

    if she were poor and robbed a convenience store of 30 dollars instead of 30 thousand she would be on her way to jail.

  5. Ned P. says:

    She should get more than the proposed 18 months. She stole money that was for the poor & elderly!

    The theft of federal funds (our tax dollars) hurts us all!

    To heck with her!