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Former Fenton housing authority director sentenced for embezzling more than $33,000

Posted at 6:01 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 19:01:43-04

The former executive director of the Fenton housing authority was sentenced to six months in prison for embezzling more than $33,000 from the housing authority, according to United States Attorney David C. Joseph.

35-year-old Gwen Jackson of Fenton was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and must pay $33,000 in criminal restitution.

According to a release, Jackson embezzled $33,194.76 from March 31, 2017, to September 20, 2017, while she was executive director of the Fenton Housing Authority.  Jackson was hired as executive director in February of 2017 and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the housing authority complex, which included access to business checks and the accounting ledger.

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

She pleaded guilty to federal charges on January 9, 2019.