HUD adviser resigned after questions about fraud, exaggerated biography: report

HUD adviser resigned after questions about fraud, exaggerated biography: report
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An adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has resigned after questions were raised about allegations of fraud and his biography, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

The adviser, Naved Jafry, resigned from his role after The Guardian raised questions about him, including about several allegations of fraud against him.

Jafry admitted to exaggerating his military record, according to The Guardian, and said he chose to resign because the questions raised by the publication had hurt his reputation in the department.


“You and I both know we live in the world of opinion and facts merging together,” he told the news outlet.

Jafry's exact role at HUD — as well as how he came to work there — was not clear. He told the publication he was responsible for working on "microcities," and also initially said he had been hired to work on the department's programs to reduce the number of individuals who rely on public housing. Later, however, he told the news outlet that he had not worked on that program, without explaining further. HUD would not confirm to The Guardian Jafry's role at the department. 

The department told The Guardian it had hired Jafry through a contractor, but when the news outlet contacted that company, it denied HUD's statement.

Among the issues linked to Jafry's resignation is a legal case involving a fuel company that he chaired, which was ordered in 2013 to repay more than $800,000 to the family of a former NFL player and investor.

The widow of Alfred Oglesby, the former NFL player who died in 2009, accused Jafry of fraud and Jafry did not repay the money, according to The Guardian.

Jafry has denied the allegations.

“If he is advising Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE, we’re screwed. We should just surrender to North Korea right now,” David Freedman, an attorney for Oglesby’s family, told the newspaper.

Jafry was accused of fraud by owners of gas stations he tried to buy, according to The Guardian.

He had also misrepresented himself on parts of his personal website, and exaggerated the extent of his military service, the publication reported.

His resignation comes after reports that HUD Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHUD official quits amid Interior Department watchdog controversy Inspector general: Zinke used taxpayer-funded travel for his wife Overnight Energy: Inspector general finds Zinke used taxpayer-funded travel for family | Interior says Trump appointee won't be new watchdog | EPA chief says agency taking climate report 'very seriously' MORE and his wife chose a $31,000 furniture set for the secretary's office themselves. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday the White House was "looking into" the matter.