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Man Who Stole HRA Rent Subsidies Now Pleads Guilty, September Sentencing in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 15 – Issiaga Sylla and others stole NYS Human Resources Administration rent subsidy checks from August 2016 through August 2019.

On June 15 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Valerie E. Caproni held a change of plea proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.  

  Sylla was pleading guilty to Count 3. He said he was originally from Guinea but then became a naturalized US citizen. His sentencing will be in September. He is on the hook, if only joint and severally, for $3 million.

 Back in September 2020 on a co-defendant, Assistant US Attorney Kedar S. Bhatia said that Toure should be sentencing from between 18 and 24 months, arguing that the loss amount was "a conservative figure." 

 Toure's lawyers at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP argued that "Toure is a hard-working family man who is essentially the lone earner for his wife and four children who live abroad in Senegal." 

  Judge Caproni after listening to arguments imposed a sentence of time served, with time in a halfway house, so that Toure can keep his job.

The overall case is US v. Conde, 19-cr-808 (Caproni). 


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