Special Investigations Unit
Special Investigations Report Regarding The Department of Housing and Community
Report Number 02-029
An investigation by the Special Investigations Unit led to Travis County Grand
Jury's indictment of Earnest bin Qadim'asil, a former employee of the Department
of Housing and Community Affairs (Department) and his wife Judy R. Ponder Qadim'asil,
former General Counsel of the General Services Commission. The Travis County
District Attorney's Office Public Integrity Unit is prosecuting the Qadim'asils
for Tampering with Governmental Record; a state jail felony.
Key Facts and Findings
The indictments allege that on or about December 13, 1999, the Qadim'asils
presented and used a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit rental application with knowledge
of its falsity and with the intent that it be taken as a genuine governmental
record. The Qadim'asils submitted this document to the Douglas Landing Apartments
in Austin, Texas. Mr. Qadim'asil did not report his Department salary of $44,760
instead he reported $34,248 from a second job as his salary. The indictments
also allege that Mrs. Qadim'asil did not report assets valued over $5,000 as
required by the application.
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