By Tiffany Williams –
On Tuesday, James E. Levin, 62, of Nantucket who is a real estate developer and attorney, was sentenced at the U.S. District Court in Worcester to 37 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution and forfeiture to be determined at a later date.
In Sept. 2020, Levin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and false claims.
From July 2010 to September 2011, Levin, as the manager of 5 May Street Apartments, LLC, applied for and obtained federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the City of Worcester, to rehabilitate a multi-unit apartment building at 5 May Street in Worcester.
The City of Worcester distributes the grant funds on behalf of HUD and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Levin submitted seven payment requests to the City for work he fraudulently claimed he completed on the building and associated costs.
Despite not completing the work he claimed in the payment requests, Levin obtained over $2.3 million in funds for the 5 May Street project, which the City of Worcester was required to pay back to the government.