The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is reviewing the billing practices of the Union City Housing Authority after allegations were made that board attorney Julio Morejon was overbilling, but Morejon says he has nothing to worry about since all of his work for the board has been proper.
Morejon came under scrutiny last month as the result of a News 12 Kane In Your Corner report, where UCHA Chairman Martin “Marty” Martinetti alleged that Morejon had been paid far more than what his contract permitted last year.
During their meeting one week ago, Hudson County View asked if the situation had been resolved.
Martinetti previously argued that Morejon’s contract called for an annual salary of $24,000, along with $20,000 in additional hourly billing.
Morejon had no problem speaking with Hudson County View to defend his position on the matter, saying that he “welcomed” HUD reviewing his work with the UCHA since everything was done appropriately.
A copy of Morejon’s contract does call for an annual salary of $24,000, with “legal fees including costs and expenses, pursuant to this Agreement, shall not exceed $20,000, unless said amount is increased by resolution of the local authority.”
In addition to his annual salary, the contract calls for Morejon to be paid $145 per hour for legal services, as well as $125 per hour for eviction-related matters.
Additionally, Morejon said there was nothing improper about him earning somewhere in the neighborhood of $98,000 with the UCHA last year.
A copy of Morejon’s latest contract can be read here.