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Former Nonprofit President Accused of Stealing Funds

The former president of a Connecticut nonprofit that provides housing to people with HIV and AIDS has been charged with stealing federal funds and spending the money on himself. 

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Steven Harvin, of New Haven, was president of Zezzo House in Hartford from August 2015 to September 2016. 

Between January 2016 to September 2016, Harvin took the money from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program called Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, federal officials said. 

Zezzo House received more than $70,000, some of which Harvin spent on personal expenditures. He is also accused of diverting rent checks from Section 8 tenants for personal use. 

He was released on $50,000 bond after he was charged Tuesday with wire fraud and theft. 

His public defender didn't return a call for comment, according to the Associated Press.

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