Steven F. Harvin, 54, of New Haven, was sentenced on Friday to three years of probation, the first 60 days of which he will serve in home confinement, for embezzling funds from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program.
Harvin served as president of Zezzo House, a nonprofit that provides housing to individuals and families with health challenges, from August 2015 to September 2016. Under his leadership, Zezzo House received funds from the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (“HOPWA”) program that HUD grants to local communities, states and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
Between January and August 2016, Zezzo House received $70,722 in HOPWA fundsCourt documents show that Harvin embezzled some of these funds through cash withdrawals, spent some of the funds on ineligible Zezzo House expenses and he failed to account for the use of other funds.
In total, it is believed Harvin misappropriated approximately $32,854 in HOPWA and Section 8 funds.
In addition to three years of probation, Harvin was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.