06/21/2011 09:08 am ET | Updated Aug 20, 2011

Luis Gutierrez, Alderman Billy Ocasio Connected To Alleged Affordable-Housing Fraud

25-year-old Volodymyr Kuchmiyov bought the two condos in a four-unit development built in Humboldt Park by a man named Roman Popovych, who got the zoning change he needed to build the project by agreeing to set aside one of the condos in the complex as an "affordable" unit that would be sold at a deep discount. That was a requirement set by then-Ald. Billy Ocasio (26th), who, as the local alderman, wielded great authority over the zoning change Popovych needed.

Popovych got the zoning change and eventually sold the discount-priced condo to Omaira Figueroa, the daughter of Ocasio's political mentor, U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.).

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