NEW YORK, New York — A man who worked as an investigator for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) claims the agency fired him after he says he looked into falsified elevator records maintained by the NYCHA. The investigator claims in a lawsuit that he received an assignment to investigate a fatal elevator accident in 2017, and during that investigation, he found records that were proven to be frauds according to the New York Post. Three NYCHA administrators were subsequently arrested for falsifying the records uncovered by the investigator. The investigator wanted to keep digging, but his superiors told him to stop. The man continued to pursue his leads but was eventually fired for his pursuit of the truth, according to his lawsuit.
Some two years after the fatal elevator accident investigation began, the terminated investigator learned that elevator logs from the building where the fatal elevator accident happened were missing. The investigator concluded that one of the deputy directors of the housing complex where the tragic event took place falsified additional documents.
The lawsuit says he reported his findings to his superiors, and they were displeased with his dogged pursuit of additional perpetrators. The superiors allegedly told the man to stop his inquiry. He claims he ignored their demands and conducted undercover surveillance. The investigator received a transfer out of his post without warning after informing his bosses that he nearly had enough evidence to request additional arrest warrants. Several months later, the investigator was terminated from the NYCHA.
The man’s lawsuit claims that he was the victim of retaliation for pursuing his desire to uncover the truth about why the man died in the elevator accident. He alleged that his bosses were a risk to the safety of the public despite being upper management in the NYCHA. The investigator also claims that his superiors instructed others to delete all evidence relating to the investigation and suspected coverup.
The NYCHA denies any wrongdoing.
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