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Former Fenton housing authority director pleads guilty to embezzelment

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 18:32:00-05

The former executive director of the Fenton housing authority has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $33,000.

35-year-old Gwen Jackson of Fenton pleaded guilty to one count of federal program fraud on January 8, 2019, United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced Monday.

The plea will become final when accepted by a judge.

According to the guilty plea, 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 who allegedly confessed to fraudulently cashing numerous FHA checks for her personal benefit.

Jackson faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set sentencing for May 9, 2019.