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Aug 28, 2012 8:59 AM by AP

Ex-Church Point housing head sentenced

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The former director of the Church Point Housing Authority has been sentenced to home confinement and ordered to repay the nearly $200,000 she embezzled from the agency.

Sarah Robert, who told federal agents she had a gambling problem, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal charge of embezzlement of government money.

Robert served as director of the housing authority from 2002 until she resigned in 2011.

The Advocate reports U.S. District Judge Richard Haik sentenced Robert on Monday to 11 months of home confinement and ordered that she pay $195,778 in restitution.

Federal prosecutors said Robert embezzled the money by writing checks to individuals and companies to pay fabricated invoices and then forging signatures on the checks and cashing them.

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