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Ridgefield Woman Charged with Embezzling Federal Funds

Elizabeth Jo Gutierrez of Ridgefield pleaded not guilty to an indictment that alleges she embezzled $30,000 in federal funds from the Fairfield Housing Authority.


[Editor's note: The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. Attorney David Fein for the district of Connecticut stresses that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.]

The former director of the Fairfield Housing Authority was charged with embezzling federal funds from the administration.

Elizabeth Jo Gutierrez, 47, of Ridgefield, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to the indictment that alleges she stole $30,000 from the Housing Authority.

Gutierrez served as executive director of the Fairfield Housing Authority from July 2010 to December 2011. The Authority administers federal housing programs for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the mission of providing affordable housing for eligible low-income families and the elderly.

According to the indictment, Gutierrez issued two $15,000 checks from the Housing Authority's checking account in the summer of 2011 and allegedly deposited them into her own checking account.

Gutierrez was released on a $50,000 bond after pleading not guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. The charge of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.  

The Fairfield Board of Finance was alerted to "suspect transactions" in December 2012, when the Housing Authority's new executive director discovered some discrepancies in the administration's accounts.

Thomas Soukup February 01, 2013 at 05:59 PM
So lets see ,if guilty she could get 10 years imprisonment. Instead of embezzlement, however, say she decided on a full time, minimum wage job flipping burgers. Over the same 10 years her gross wages would have been, $171,600. All this risk for $30,000 would seem to confirm the old adage that "crime does not pay"

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