Former Fenton Housing Authority director pleads guilty to embezzling more than $33,000

Former Fenton Housing Authority director pleads guilty to embezzling more than $33,000
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FENTON, LA (KPLC) - A former executive director of the Fenton housing authority pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $33,000 on Jan. 8, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph said.

Gwen Jackson, 35, pleaded guilty before the U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of federal program fraud, Joseph said. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter.

According to the guilty plea, Jackson embezzled $33,194.76 from March 31, 2017 to Sept. 20, 2017 while she was the executive director of the Fenton Housing Authority, Joseph said.

Joseph said Jackson was hired as executive director in Feb. 2017 and was responsible for day-to-day operations of the housing authority complex, which included access to business checks and the accounting ledger.

After receiving complaints about possible theft, law enforcement agents interviewed Jackson and she confessed to fraudulently cashing numerous FHA checks for her personal benefit, Joseph said.

Jackson faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The court set the sentencing date for May, 9 2019.

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