Last December we posted about a character named Ajit Mithaiwala who had built a heavily subsidized low income housing fustercluck project in Fullerton in the 1990s that epitomized the futility and incompetence of Fullerton Redevelopment Agency.

Remember? His name popped up on a host committee list for a fund raiser thrown by high speed rail impresario  and con man Curt Pringle, in honor of his boy, Hide and Seek Harry Sidhu. Since the name appeared to be mispelled we had fun with the notion that it might be somebody else.

Oh, no, no, no! That is another guy, I tell you. There are hundreds of them. Thousands of them.

In the post we wondered aloud what had become of Mithaiwala, and what he had been up to the past ten years.

It turns out we weren’t alone. Federal government auditors, prosecutors, and the FBI have been wondering too, according to an L.A. Times article forwarded to us by an alert Friend.

All sorts of misbehavin’ have been attributed to this guy and his development company that found a niche building subsidized, low-income housing projects, including fraud, failure to report income, and building shoddy, unsafe buildings. His politcal contributions have been scrutinized, too.

Here are a few choice morsels in the article from the Federal investigator:

“virtually no financial records,” no general ledger, no balance sheet and no bank reconciliations. Working with forensic accountants, he said he had discovered “potential fraud and criminal activity.”

On Tuesday, he told the court he was still trying to gain control of company assets and had identified 400 bank accounts, as well as $600,000 in gold bullion and three cars, including a Bentley.

It transpires that besides Fullerton, Mithaiwala has left a trail of tears behind him in cities across Southern California, including our neighbor to the south, Anaheim,  where the Mayor Pro Tem is none other than Hide and Seek Harry Sidhu.

I know nothing. Nothing!

Yikes. You don’t mess with the Treasury Department, boys. Even Al Capone could tell you that.

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  1. #1 by Fullerton Rudy on October 13, 2010

    Jeez H. You guys should get a Poo-lizter Prize or something!

  2. #2 by Mr. Peabody on October 13, 2010

    Oh no. Now Cunningham and Chris Jones are going to pop up under numerous aliases to defend Hairball.

  3. #3 by TheFullertonWatcher on October 13, 2010

    The Ass Clown needs to go!

  4. #4 by The Desert Rat on October 13, 2010

    Ajit Mithaiwala included among his good buddies Fullerton City Hall’s F. Paul Dudley, Joel Rosen-Rosen, james F. Armstrong, and of course the comical Gary Chalupsky, Chief Architect of the City Lights SRO fiasco.

  5. #5 by ISpy on October 13, 2010

    The “Snake Charmer” Sidhu??? Don’t stop the music.
    Anyone seen with him will get bitten….

  6. #6 by Fullerton Building Official on October 13, 2010

    That SRO structure was put together like tinker toys. Wonder what will happen when the next big one hits.

  7. #7 by Joe Sipowicz on October 13, 2010


  8. #8 by GG Voter on October 14, 2010

    Just what we need a knowledgeable muckraker to reveal the corruption in our area. Just as the muckrakers brought down the monopolies in the early 20th century so too will the truth of these self serving rotten representatives and their supporters see the end of their reign.

  9. #9 by Hairy Bellz on October 14, 2010

    Aw, c’mon. Every legit bizness needs 400 bank accounts. Especially the ones in the Cayman Islands!

  10. #10 by Richard Geere on October 14, 2010

    Chris Street’s endorsement, this guy and wasn’t there someone else in legal hot water that was a Sidhu host? What will you guys do for fun when the election is over?

  11. #11 by Dr. Haw-hee on October 15, 2010

    Don’t forget I warned everyone about the prostitutes and drug attics. It was Terry Galvin’s backrupt “Developer” Kalib that got bailed out. I didn’t want to go along with putting those kind in our town. Just cause I stuck my foot in the City’s mouth Mithaiwala got his way. I didn’t want to give that feller all those millions. Ya’all know that it was that City Attorney Oderman who made me vote for it. I was agin it, really.

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