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Feb 22, 2013 9:37 AM by AP/CS

2 former HANO employees charged with theft

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two former Housing Authority of New Orleans employees are accused of embezzling over $600,000 from the agency over two years.

The Times-Picayune reports Janice Staves, who worked at HANO until 2009, funneled the money to a former co-worker, James Youngblood, even though he'd performed no work. That's according to a bill of information filed in federal court Wednesday.

The bill of information alleges Staves, a purchasing clerk at HANO, and Youngblood hatched their scheme to steal from HANO in 2007.

The pair have yet to enter a plea, but they are charged by a bill of information, which typically means the defendant has agreed to plead guilty. An arraignment on the charge of conspiracy to commit theft of federal funds is scheduled for March 4.

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