76°F
weather icon Clear

Southern Nevada housing authority board member accused of fraud

Updated May 9, 2019 - 10:47 am

A Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority board member engaged in “possible abuse of power, fraud, and embezzlement” of the agency’s housing choice voucher program, according to an internal report released by Executive Director Chad Williams on Wednesday night.

The allegations follow a nine-month housing authority investigation into Commissioner Theresa Davis, a voucher program recipient and one of North Las Vegas’ two appointed representatives on the nine-member board.

“At best, Commissioner Theresa Davis’ actions might be classified as unethical,” the report said. “However, without a doubt, her actions clearly could be seen as fraudulent, and constitute a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

The report’s publication comes less than two months after the housing authority board voted to hire an outside human resources firm to investigate at least one employee complaint made against Williams. A copy of the 70-page report — including 58 pages of supporting documents — has been sent to North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

On Thursday morning Davis said she was never questioned by investigators or made aware she was under investigation. She declined further comment until after she had read the internal report.

“I am going to be requesting those documents myself,” she said.

In an email, Williams declined to comment.

“At this time we believe the narrative in this public report to the City of North Las Vegas regarding its appointee, Resident Commissioner (Theresa) Davis, represents any and all statements from SNRHA on this matter,” he wrote.

The report accuses Davis of manipulating information on her housing choice voucher paperwork from September to April. She has been a voucher recipient since November 2007, according to the report.

Housing choice vouchers, a subsidy formerly known as Section 8, help more than 11,000 low-income families in Clark County lease privately owned homes. The housing authority pays part of each tenant’s rent, with the amount paid varying depending on the recipient’s household income.

The report alleges Davis manipulated her reported household size and income “to obtain a rental unit with the optimum number of bedrooms with her paying the lowest shared portion of the rent.”

Specifically, the report documents fluctuating income from Davis’ husband — from whom she has since reportedly separated — and her 18-year-old daughter moving out of the house, back in and out again within nine months.

The report also accuses Davis of negotiating illegal side payments to her landlord, intimidating staff members to stop them from investigating her actions and bullying other employees so she could “cherry pick” staff members who determined her household size and income. Employees who might have aided Davis are also under investigation, according to the report.

The report also accuses Davis of causing harm, damage and embarrassment to staff members during the investigation to remove them from the housing authority. No specific examples were given in the report, but Davis is one of two commissioners who told the Review-Journal last month that the housing authority hired a human resources firm to investigate Williams.

Williams sent the report to Lee on Wednesday. In a one-page letter accompanying the document, Williams wrote he was referring the findings to HUD’s Office of Inspector General for potential criminal investigation and prosecution.

“The staff of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority is not a law enforcement entity and therefore can’t make any legal judgments or decisions on this matter,” Williams wrote. “However, we believe the facts and evidence are so clearly disturbing that we are compelled to bring this to your attention.”

On Wednesday night, Lee said he had not yet seen the report. He added that he will turn it over to city attorney Micaela Moore to review and present to the City Council.

“As mayor I would take this report very seriously,” Lee said.

Contact Michael Scott Davidson at sdavidson@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3861. Follow @davidsonlvrj on Twitter.

Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority Report by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Scribd

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Politics Videos
The Right Take: Biden's Racially Questionable Comments
Joe Biden has uttered racially charged statements for years. Now that he’s the frontrunner for the Democrat presidential nomination, he may finally face prolonged scrutiny for them.
Christopher Rufo Discusses Homelessness In The USA - VIDEO
Christopher Rufo discusses homelessness in the United States and how politicians can work to improve conditions for those with drug addictions.
Clark County 2019 Election Results - Video
The 2019 Elections wrap up in Clark County including an upset in the Boulder City Mayor race.
Olivia Diaz talks about her win in Ward 3 - VIDEO
Las Vegas City Councilwoman-elect Olivia Diaz talks about her election win in Ward 3 and what lies ahead for her.
Greene discusses Read by 3 and Opportunity Scholarships - VIDEO
The Nevada Legislative Session is over and the results are mixed for Nevada students, according to Tom Greene, Senior regional legislative director, Excel in Ed in Action.
Bernie Sanders visits Las Vegas
Sen. Bernie Sanders made a stop at Roy W. Martin middle school on Thursday, during his campaign trail.
Kamala Harris campaigns in Las Vegas
Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris castigated President Donald Trump’s merit-based immigration plan, saying it was “short-sighted” and overlooked the cultural significance of family, during a campaign stop in Las Vegas. “We cannot allow people to start parsing and pointing fingers and creating hierarchies among immigrants,” Harris told Asian Pacific Islander leaders at a Chinatown restaurant, one of two appearances she made Thursday.
The Right Take New Education Funding Plan - VIDEO
On Monday, Senate Education Committee chair Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, released a new education funding formula. For years, many Democrat politicians have criticized the current education funding formula, called the Nevada Plan. They claim it’s old and outdated. Their biggest beef is that it doesn’t allocate more money for students who are English Language Learners or live in poverty. The theory is that it’s harder to educate those students and so they need additional services, which costs additional money.
Kamala Harris campaigns in Nevada
California Senator Kamala Harris meets with One APIA Nevada, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies empowering Asian Pacific Islander Nevadans. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ben Carson talks housing (Audio only)
Ben Carson discusses housing with the Review-Journal editorial board on Thursday. (Audio only)
Ben Carson visits the RJ (Full Audio Only)
Ben Carson discusses housing with the Review-Journal editorial board on Thursday. (Audio only)
Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Nevada
After campaigning at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 in Henderson, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke with the Review-Journal.
Student serenades Mayor Carolyn Goodman at swearing in
Students from the school she founded, The Meadows School, serenaded Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman during a swearing in ceremony for her third and final term. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Al Gore Speaks At UNLV About Climate Change - Video
Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore talks to an audience at UNLV about the effects of Climate change and how to switch to renewable sources of energy.
Forum on Wages and Working People Highlights - VIDEO
Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro, and John Hickenlooper speak in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nevada Politics Today Valerie Weber - VIDEO
Valerie Weber sits down with Victor Joecks to discuss her policies and why she is running for Ward 2 of the Las Vegas City Council.
Cory Booker speaks at UNLV
US Senator Cory Booker speaks at UNLV during a Young Democrats meet and greet on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
May-Brown describes why some with disabilities need the subminimum wage - VIDEO
Eliminating the subminimum wage will end training and work opportunities for some members of the disabled community. Instead of doing something productive, they would be relegated to adult day care. That’s according to Tracy May-Brown, Opportunity Village’s director of advocacy, board and government relations.
Commission’s decision will delay Red Rock Canyon development
The Clark County Commission Wednesday rejected a developer’s request to approve a preliminary plan for 3,000 homes overlooking Red Rock Canyon before a federal agency grants permission for a roadway leading to the site.
Clark County commissioner calls on landlords to bring properties up to code
Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom has called on landlords in older parts of the valley to bring their properties up to code and keep them well-maintained or face the prospect of inspections, fines and citations. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Harry Reid speaks out against anti-Semitism
Unnerved by the rise in anti-Semitic hate speech and the general pervasiveness of bigotry, including in Nevada, former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid organized an educational forum at UNLV on Thursday as part of his call to unite people against it. (Shea Johnson/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
President Trump speaks to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas
President Donald Trump spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas and updated on Israeli relations. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Trump says border wall will have 'hundreds of miles' built by end of next year
President Donald Trump spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas and discussed the progress of the border wall and the current relations there. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Protesters disrupt Trump's speech
Just as President Donald Trump started to make his opening remarks during his appearance at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Leadership Meeting, protesters disrupted his speech. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Roerink On The Problems With Taking Water From Eastern Nevada - Video
The Southern Nevada Water Authority wants to take billions of gallons of water that doesn’t exist from Eastern Nevada via a pipeline that would cost ratepayers $15 billion. Doing so would devastate the wildlife and people who live there. That’s according to Kyle Roerink, executive director of the Great Basin Water Network, which opposes the pipeline.
Las Vegas Election Night Wrap-Up
The Review-Journal's Politics and Government Editor, Steve Sebelius, wraps up election night. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Olivia Diaz Speaks To Ward 3 Supporters After Primary Election - Video
Olivia Diaz speaks to her supporters at a election party after results started coming in for the Ward 3 primaries.
Oscar Goodman Speaks On Behalf Of Mayor At Primary Win (edited)
Oscar Goodman spoke Tuesday night on behalf of his wife, Carolyn, who won the mayoral primary election. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Oscar Goodman Speaks On Behalf Of Mayor At Primary Win (Full)
Oscar Goodman spoke Tuesday night on behalf of his wife Carolyn, who won the mayoral primary election. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Gun Debate Shows Limits Of Government - Video
On Monday, the Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committees held a joint hearing on Assembly Bill 291. It would ban bump stocks and allow local governments to pass additional restrictions on firearms.
Lucy Flores speaks out about Biden incident
Former Nevada assemblywoman, Lucy Flores, expresses her feelings about an incident with former Vice President Joe Biden in 2014. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88s
Harry Reid takes the stand in injury lawsuit
Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid took the stand on Thursday in the product liability lawsuit brought against the makers of a resistance exercise band that Reid blames for blinding him in one eye.
THE LATEST
Behind-the-scenes talks going on for 3rd Trump-Kim summit

North Korean and U.S. officials are holding “behind-the-scenes talks” to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North’s expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea’s president said.

Mueller agrees to testify before 2 House panels next month

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced the move in a joint statement.

Kellyanne Conway will skip Hatch Act hearing

Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Trump, won’t testify at a hearing called to examine the Office of Special Counsel’s recommendation that she be fired for engaging in political activity while working as a federal employee.

9/11 first responders say McConnell pledges vote on bill

The meeting came two weeks after comedian Jon Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, offered withering criticism of Congress at a public hearing.

Fed chairman says economy facing growing uncertainties

Jerome Powell said the Fed is now grappling with the question of whether those uncertainties will continue to weigh on the outlook and require action.

US government investigates poultry price-fixing claims

The suit claims the companies shared information through a third-party data firm and restricted supply by destroying breeder hens on several occasions.