A 49 year-old Queens man was arrested by Tampa police on Monday after he allegedly scammed seven city residents out of over $3,000 by impersonating a Stamford Housing Authority employee, according to police.
During the summer of 2011, the Stamford Police Department received numerous complaints that a man claiming to work for the Stamford Housing Authority stole money from them by telling them that he had vouchers for Section 8 apartment housing, police said.
The suspect met with interested parties at Stamford Town Center, Chamber of Commerce luncheons and area hotels to explain the process and collect various "application" and "security" fees, which Section 8 applicants normally don't have to pay, police said.
After tracking the suspect's whereabouts, police identified him as Gajesh Sewnarain of 3723 92nd Street, Jackson Heights, NY, and obtained a warrant for his arrest. Police said that Sewnarain, however, disappeared before he could be taken into custody.
Police discovered that Sewnarain had previously worked for various flower shops in Connecticut and tracked him to a flower shop in Tampa, Florida where he was arrested on Feb. 1. He was charged with third-degree larceny and seven counts of criminal impersonation.
Police said that Sewnarain, a Guyanese immigrant, is also being investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.