Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority inspector faces 10 charges

December 21, 2012

LIMA — A local pastor and program director for a sober living home is facing a 10-count criminal indictment related to his work as a housing inspector with the Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority.

The Allen County Grand Jury this week indicted Bruce A. Monford Sr., 49, on eight counts of tampering with records, each a third-degree felony, and two counts of theft in office, one a fourth-degree felony and the other a fifth-degree felony.

According to the court documents, Monford is accused of falsifying, destroying, removing, concealing, altering, defacing or mutilating any writing, computer software, data or records belonging to the housing authority on multiple occassions between Jan. 23 and March 16. The theft in office charges allege Monford committed a theft of property or services valued between $1,000 and $7,500 between Jan. 23 and March 30.

Monford could not be reached for comment.

Monford’s brother, the Rev. Lamont Monford, who serves as president of the Metroplitan Housing board, also could not be reached for comment.

Lima Police raided the Allen Metropolitian Housing Authority offices on South Main Street on March 27, serving a warrant for the Ohio Ethics Commission and acting on a tip that potentially incriminating documents were being destroyed. Police confiscated documents and desktop computers during the raid.

Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick could not be reached for comment.

The indictment is the latest in a series of legal troubles for the agency:

  • Anna Schnippel, executive director, is facing a trial in Lima Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge of falsification. She is accused of signing off on a fraudulent worker’s compensation claim by Cheryl Lawson, an employee of the agency, who claimed she was injured during the March 27 police raid.
  • Lawson faces a charge of obstructing official business for allegedly blocking police from entering during the raid. She also faces charges of workers’ compensation fraud and falsification stemming from her claim, which was denied by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
  • A former worker, David Boninsegna, has filed a civil lawsuit seeking his job back, back pay, service time credit and a monetary award. He claims the agency fired him after reporting unethical and possibly criminal behavior by Met Housing Executive Director Anna Schnippel, Assistent Executive Director Tiffany Wright and Bruce Monford.

Monford is program director of Mary Alice’s House, a sober living environment for men and women. He is also an associate pastor at Phillippian Missionary Baptist Church, Lima. where his brother serves as senior pastor.

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