Police: Housing complex manager stole applicants’ identities

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The former manager of the Clinton-Peabody housing project just south of downtown St. Louis is indicted for taking housing applicant`s personal information and then using it to steal their tax refunds.

Indicted on April 23 and arrested in the St. Louis area Wednesday were Marsha Harrington, 42, her former husband Calvin Shaw, 42 and a third person, Larry Corner, 50, who was already in jail on a different charge.
All three are charged with felony identity theft and felony conspiracy to commit identity theft.

U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard Callahan, alleges the three suspects stole people`s personal information, including social security numbers, in two different ways.

'One was from Miss Harrington`s position as the manager of the complex (from) people who were submitting their applications. The other source was through her former husband and another friend acquiring prison inmate`s names and social security numbers,' he said.

The Executive Director of the St. Louis Housing Authority, Cheryl Lovell says her agency has been working with the federal investigation ever since the IRS raided the Clinton-Peabody management office in the summer of 2012.

'We hire private management agents to run the developments on our behalf. All the employees at those developments are employees of the private management agent,' she said.

The private management company at the time of the raid was East Lake Management based in Chicago. We were unsuccessful trying to reach them for comment.

The St. Louis Housing Authority terminated East Lake`s contract after the IRS raid and now uses a local company which immediately brought in its own staff.