U.S. looks into Saidel work for Philadelphia Housing Authority

Federal authorities are looking into the work a former Philadelphia city controller did for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

A consulting agreement between former city controller Jon Saidel and the Philadelphia Housing Authority under former director Carl Greene is under review. PHA Administrative Receiver Michael Kelly says they asked the firm that paid Saidel for justification of the charges after a review by federal authorities.

“This are some questions that came up from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s office of the Inspector General about legal bills and the appropriateness of those bills, Kelly said. “It was the subject of a major audit.”

Kelly says the Saidel consulting is only a small part of a bigger review.

“This is part of a much larger exercise,” he said, adding that the PHA “hopes to engender public trust and re-engage fact finding with whatever investigators ask us … and help try to get to the bottom of those issues.”

Saidel did not respond to a request for comment on the matter

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