In 2019, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki gave David Mosley of the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans a prestigious community service honor. Town officials touted Mosely as dedicated “not only to providing housing and services to homeless veterans with and without disabilities, but also for tapping into the social capital that they bring to everyone in the city.” A paragon of virtue that Mosely. But really nothing more than a paragon of fraud.
The town administration had such faith in Mosley (how much faith?) that in 2022, when his agency began running programs for clients and their families at the County’s innovative Hope Center for people experiencing homelessness — the city used $690,000 of its federal pandemic relief money to support the effort. Specifically, the city agreed to provide funding to the vets homeless center, known as DCHV, to provide monitoring and mentoring services as well as 60 days of meals for people staying in Mosley’s Hope Center.
But a funny thing happened. After the grant money was awarded to Hope Center, Mosley stopped using QuickBooks accounting software to process payroll for its 52 employees. Mosley also removed the human resources director, whose duties had included internal control and payroll monitoring. No need to control or monitor fraud! And then Mosely started doing payroll manually. From the manipulated payroll records, Mosely fraudulently sent invoices that included documentation supporting that all salaries for which payment was sought were for monitors and mentors. Many of these invoices were ineligible, which raised some flags at the town hall.
Now, less than four years after paying tribute to Mosley, the city is suing him for “fraud” and “grave misrepresentation.” Where this case ends is yet unknown. After being informed in February that the city was conducting an audit, Mosley agreed to cooperate and a few days later sent the city a check for $5,000, which he signed and wrote, “1st payment DCHV overcharges.” Is that what we call fraud now a days?
Today’s Fraud of The Day is based on the article ‘Illegal diversion’ of $339,000 in pandemic relief money? Wilmington sues Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans” published by PBS on August 28, 2023
Four years ago, the city honored David Mosley. Now it’s accusing him of “fraud” and “grave misrepresentation” in using pandemic relief money. The Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans oversaw mentoring and monitoring for clients at the Hope Center for a one-year period that ended in February. (New Castle County).
In 2019, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki gave David Mosley of the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans a prestigious community service honor.