A former community development director at Citi is under fire for allegedly accepting a $500,000 loan from the developer who’s behind a Trump administration-backed project in the city.
The lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that former Citi community director Dan Buell accepted the loan in 2016 from the company headed by New York City developer Donald Trump.
Buell was later reassigned to a project in Queens where he worked for more than a decade.
He was fired in January 2018.
The lawsuit was filed by the Queens Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that provides public assistance to the city’s poor.
The Queens Community Community Development Corp. says it was unaware of Buelli’s loan until late in the process and that the organization “reserves the right to intervene if any of the above-listed individuals engaged in fraudulent or fraudulent activities in connection with their work for the Queens Development Corporation.”
The lawsuit claims that in addition to accepting the loan, Buello had also engaged in “improper conduct and misappropriated funds.”
It’s not the first time that Buella has been linked to a Trump project in New York.
In 2017, the Brooklyn developer bought a 5,000-square-foot house on the site of the former site of an abandoned train station for $1.5 million.
Bueell was later fired from that project, which later sold for $2.3 million.