Fairfield Housing Authority claims files illegally accessed

Computer files at the Fairfield Housing Authority may have been illegally accessed, police were told Friday, Aug. 2.

The director told investigators that someone was accessing documents and data and posting them on the video website YouTube.

Documents from the Housing Authority would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, and could be requested by any member of the public. This case allegedly involves illegally accessing the files through the computer.

A search of YouTube found videos, titled Fairfield Housing Authority Scandal, posted by FHA Exposed.

“New disturbing financial information has been received by FHA Exposed. Updates will be posted as information received is verified,” according to a July 28 posting on YouTube.

On June 4, the former executive director, Elizabeth Jo Gutierrez of Ridgefield, pleaded guilty to embezzling $30,000 from the Fairfield Housing Authority.

Federal authorities said that during the summer of 2011, Gutierrez issued two checks, each in the amount of $15,000, from the Housing Authority’s checking account and subsequently deposited them into her own checking account.

She pleaded guilty to one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, and is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on Aug. 27.

Gutierrez, who has been free on a $50,000 bond since her arrest on Jan. 31, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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