2 charged in homeless scam

Published On: Jan 24 2013 01:58:04 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 24 2013 01:58:15 PM EST
MIAMI -

Two people are charged in a housing for the homeless scam, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Carlos Vazquez, a City of Miami Homeless Assistance Program Outreach employee, and Odalys Delisle are charged with official misconduct, unlawful compensation, and bribery.

Vazquez received $5,000 to falsely qualify a person, allowing her to live in transitional housing meant for the homeless, say police. He also told her could remain there for the entirety of her life instead of the usual thee months.

Delisle then met with the woman and received the $5,000 from her for Vazquez, say police.

“The real victims of this fraud are needy homeless individuals who lose out on housing while some greedy individuals put money in their own pockets,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “I know that I speak for our entire law enforcement community when I say that this will stop”

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