Orange man ordered to repay $134K in West Haven Housing Authority scheme

Date Published: 
December 29, 2016
News Type: 
News
Program Area(s): 
Public and Indian Housing

(Source: nhregister.com) BRIDGEPORT >> A former West Haven Housing Authority employee has been ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $130,000 in restitution for his role in encouraging the organization to enter into contracts with close friends who owed him money.

John Sandella, 54, of Orange, pleaded guilty in September to one count of receipt of compensation with the unlawful intent to defeat the purposes of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He was sentenced to three years of probation Tuesday and ordered to pay the restitution, according to a spokesman from the U.S. attorney’s office. In addition to the money owed, U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill ordered Sandella to complete 100 hours of community service.

According to court documents, Sandella worked as clerk of the works from March 2009 to February 2012 and during that time entered into contracts with a close friend and associate for plumbing projects at WHHA. Sandella then deposited checks that were for the plumbing company into his own personal accounts...