Woman busted for faking domestic abuse to get Section 8 housing
In what could be a new trend, a Yonkers woman became the sixth person busted in recent months for pretending to be a domestic abuse victim to get subsidized housing.
Neri Garces, 44, was arrested yesterday and indicted on multiple charges for allegedly forging police reports, fake orders of protection and filling fraudulent applications to get on the top of the list for Section 8 housing, according to the city’s Department of Investigations.
“Fabricating police reports and court orders to jump over others on a waiting list for housing assistance is a brazen abuse of the city’s effort to protect crime victims,” DOI Commissioner Rse Gill Hearn said in statement yesterday.
If convicted, Garces faces a maximum seven years in prison.
Five other women were indicted on similar charges over the summer.
Domestic violence victims are given preference for subsidized housing vouchers, which currently has a waiting list as more 130,000 families as of August.