US housing department adviser quits amid questions of fraud and inflated biography

He said he was a multimillionaire – an international property developer with a plan to fix America’s cities through radical privatization.

…Jafry was contracted to work for Trump’s housing and urban development department (HUD). His government email signature said his title was senior adviser. Jafry said he used his role to advocate for “microcities”, where managers privately set their own laws and taxes away from central government control.

…Jafry, who has also been known by Jafari and Jafri, apologised for inflating his military record but denied making other false claims.

…In November 2013, a judge ordered Jafry and a fuel company he chaired to repay more than $800,000 to the family of Alfred Oglesby, a former NFL player and investor in the fuel firm, who died in 2009. Oglesby’s widow accused Jafry of fraud. Jafry has not paid the money. Debt collectors said they had been trying to locate him for years.

…Owners of gas stations that Jafry tried to buy sued him and his business associates, repeatedly accusing Jafry of fraud and breaching contracts.

…A version of Jafry’s biography on his website said he held a degree in law and alternative dispute resolution from National University in La Jolla, California. Prof Jack Hamlin, chairman of National’s department of professional studies, said: “We do not offer a ‘law degree’.”

…His former website biography said he had owned a group of safari resorts and hotels in Africa which had “merged with Marakanelo Hotels”, securing him a $7.5m windfall.

But Sibo Gumpo, the group commercial manager of Crest Hotels, which operates the Marakanelo sites, said in a series of emails that this was not the case. “We do not have a record of the transaction,” said Gumpo.

US housing department adviser quits amid questions of fraud and inflated biography | US news | The Guardian

Oh, my… Don’t they vet these people at all?!


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