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Multifamily Equity Skimming Review Capitol View Plaza, Phase II FHA Project Number 000-44123 Washington, DC

Published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General on 1998-08-18.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

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                                                  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
                                                  Office of District Inspector General for Audit
                                                  Capital District
                                                  Room 3154
                                                        th
                                                  451 7 Street, SW
                                                  Washington, DC 20410




                                                                              AUDIT MEMORANDUM
                                                                                 NO. 98-AO-211-1803


                                          August 18, 1998



MEMORANDUM FOR: G. Joann Coats, Director, Multifamily Housing Division, District
                   of Columbia Office, 3GHM


FROM: David J. Niemiec, District Inspector General for Audit, 3GGA

SUBJECT:          Multifamily Equity Skimming Review
                  Capitol View Plaza, Phase II
                  FHA Project Number 000-44123
                  Washington, DC

        We completed a review of the books and records of Capitol View Plaza, Phase II, a
multifamily housing project insured under Section 236 of the National Housing Act. We
conducted the review at the request of the former Director, Multifamily Housing Division, District
of Columbia Office. Our objective was to determine whether the project owner used project
funds in accordance with the regulatory agreement and other HUD requirements. To achieve our
objective, we examined the project’s audited financial statements for fiscal years 1992 and 1993
and appropriate financial records for fiscal years 1994 through 1996. We also examined the
Regulatory Agreement, applicable HUD Handbooks, and other documentation. We discussed the
review with HUD staff and with the former management agent, Capitol View Development
Corporation, as necessary. The review covered the period January 1, 1992 through December 31,
1996.

        We determined that the owner violated paragraph 6(c) of the Regulatory Agreement by
withdrawing $409,700 in project funds between fiscal years 1992 and 1995 while the project was
in a nonsurplus cash position. Paragraph 6(c) specifically prohibits the use of project funds for
any purpose other than paying reasonable operating expenses and necessary repairs when the
project is in a nonsurplus cash position. Details are as follows:

         1. The general partner retained $189,200 in rental income in fiscal years 1994 and 1995.
            These funds were paid directly to the owner by the District of Columbia government
            for rent on commercial space at the project. The funds should have been deposited
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             into the project's operating accounts. These funds were shown on the project's books
             as cash received but they were never under the control of the management agent.

         2. Checks amounting to $55,000 were withdrawn from the project's operating accounts
            and were paid to the general partner during fiscal years 1994 and 1995. These funds
            were classified as repayments of advances from the general partners on the project’s
            books.

         3. The fiscal 1992 and 1993 audited financial statements show that the general partner
            was paid $165,500 from the project's operating accounts during that period. These
            funds were also classified as repayments of advances from the general partners. The
            audited statements were not provided to HUD until March 1994.

        All of these funds were taken from the project while the project was in a nonsurplus cash
position. In addition, while these funds were being withdrawn, the management agent withdrew
$87,000 from the tenant security deposits account to pay operating expenses. At the same time,
the management agent was making loans to the project to help pay operating expenses. The
tenant security deposits account was not reimbursed for the withdrawals at the time of our
review; however, the loans from the management agent were partially repaid from rental income
received.

       We discussed this case with the Assistant United States Attorney and he is negotiating
with the owner to recover the unauthorized distributions. At an April 8, 1998 meeting with the
Assistant United States Attorney and us, the owner agreed to repay the $409,700 in full.
However, at this time, the owner has not agreed to a repayment schedule.

        We recommend that you pursue appropriate administrative sanctions with the HUD
General Counsel. In the meantime, we will continue to work with the Assistant United States
Attorney and assist him in his efforts to recover the $409,700 in project funds that were
improperly withdrawn. We will keep you informed of any changes in the situation. We are
entering the $409,700 into the Departmental Automated Audits Management System as a
receivable due the project. Any actions that you take should be coordinated with our office.

        Should you or your staff have any questions, please contact Donald Cairns, Assistant
District Inspector General for Audit, or Watt Sammons, Auditor, on (202) 708-0351.




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