East Chicago Man Indicted for Defrauding Gary Housing Authority

Ashley D. Dunlap is listed on the records of the City of East Chicago as co-owner of D&R Site Services and sole owner of D&R Construction as of March 1, 2017

April 25, 2017-United States Attorney Clifford Johnson announced today that Ashley D. Dunlap, age 54, of East Chicago has been charged with defrauding the Gary Housing Authority. According to the statement from US Attorney Johnson, “with two counts of uttering a counterfeit security. The indictment alleges, in July 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved federal funding for building renovations at the Delaney and
Dorie Miller public housing projects operated by Gary Housing Authority (GHA). Dunlap’s construction company was awarded the project, worth $347,500. The successful bidder was required to provide a surety. Dunlap purported to provide the surety – in the form a 20% cash escrow – to GHA on or about September 3, 2013 with two counterfeit instruments purporting to be Chase Bank cashier’s checks in the amounts of $20,000 and $49,600.

City of East Chicago records, above, list Dunlap as co-owner of D&R Site Services and sole owner of D&R Construction. It is unclear if Dunlap is still has any relationship with D&R Site Services, however, Dunlap and D&R Site Services owner Alfred Richardson a/k/a Alfred Rodgers were jointly convicted of a felony violation of environmental laws in 2007. D&R Site Services currently has a $400,000 per year contract with the City of Gary Sanitary District to accept residential waste materials.

In 2014, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development took control of the Gary Housing Authority after rampant mismanagement was discovered. This is the first indictment subsequent that takeover. Freeman-Wilson confidant was executive director of GHA in 2013. Later Cossey became Director of Constituent Services for the City of Gary.

If convicted, any sentence imposed would be determined by the sentencing judge after a consideration of the federal sentencing guidelines according to US Attorney Johnson.

All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.

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