RICHMOND, Calif. – Apartment 119 at the Nystrom Village public housing project should have had a little white stove in the kitchen.
The Richmond Housing Authority bought the stove new for $282 in August 2007 from General Electric Co. It was delivered by truck several days later to the maintenance warehouse, and, authority records claim, it was installed in the apartment that November. The agency said it trashed the old stove at the city dump.
But nearly five years later, the old stove was still in that corner apartment, records show, even though it should have been rusting in the landfill. The new one was nowhere to be found.