The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office has charged three Bensalem residents with conspiring to defraud the Bucks County Housing Authority and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The alleged conspiracy raked in $22,500 over two years.
Victoria R. Elia, 32, and Raymond Callahan, 47, allegedly committed “theft by deception, conspiracy, forgery, tampering with public records” and other crimes. Both Elia and Callahan were arrested Tuesday.
Authorities say Stacey Pamela Brown, 29, was also involved in the scheme. The DA’s Office is currently searching for Brown, as her current location is unknown.
Detectives say the conspiracy included Callahan living in affordable housing under Elia’s name. Papers submitted to the agencies reportedly stated Elia was living with her two children on Cedar Ave.
Authorities intercepted calls between Elia and Callahan discussing the scheme, according to an affidavit. It also states they discussed enlisting Brown to pose as Elia for any in-person meetings. Additionally, Brown allegedly identified herself as Elia with an ID card to a BCHA representative.
There were two large flaws in the plan. First, Elia has been in state prison since Sept. of 2017. Second, Callahan has a criminal record, making it illegal for him to live in affordable housing at all.
Bail is set for Elia and Callahan at 10% of $250,000.