A former Atlantic City Housing Authority employee was indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury Thursday for allegedly defrauding the agency out of several hundred thousand dollars.
Brian Lewis, 41, of Pleasantville, was indicted on three counts of official misconduct, five counts of theft, five counts of filing a false claim for payment of a government contract, five counts of fraudulently transacting business while acting as a public servant, one count of unsworn falsification to authorities, and an additional count of theft by deception for unemployment fraud, according to a release from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Lewis and his wife, Shellie Williams, 40, were also indicted on three counts of filing fraudulent tax returns and three counts of failure to pay state taxes by not paying $36,000 in taxes on money they fraudulently received, the release said.
Authorities allege Lewis, a former assistant buyer for the Housing Authority, created fraudulent shell companies and billed the Housing Authority for work -- which had already been completed by legitimate companies -- and collected the duplicate payments.
Lewis also allegedly awarded contracts to his own business and then did not perform the work. The total amount he defrauded the authority is $239,000, and more than $13,000 in unemployment benefits collected between 2006 and 2008, the office said.