Fox News host and staunch Trump supporter Sean Hannity allegedly received help from the US Department for Housing and Urban Development to carry out multimillion dollar real estate deals which he failed to disclose, according to a report by The Guardian.
The Guardian reported Sunday that the conservative media star is linked to a web of shell companies that spent at least $90 million buying more than 870 homes across seven US states over the past 10 years. The newspaper said it reviewed thousands of pages of public records to piece together Hannity’s alleged property portfolio.
Hannity bought two apartment complexes in Georgia in 2014 for $22.7 million, according to The Guardian. It reported that HUD helped him get mortgages worth $17.9 million to fund the purchases by insuring the loans under a National Housing Act program.
Hannity didn’t mention this link to the department when he interviewed HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Fox News in June 2017.
The Guardian reported that some of the properties Hannity acquired were purchased “after banks foreclosed on their previous owners for defaulting on mortgages.” The purchases were spread across states including Alabama and New York, according to the report.