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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 10, 2014

Former Housing Official In Washington CountyPleads Guilty To Federal Theft Charge

TOPEKA, KAN. - The former executive director of the housing authority in Linn, Kan., pleaded guilty Friday to a federal theft charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Debra L. Savage, 53, Linn, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a federal program. In her plea, she admitted that between Dec. 3, 2009, and Dec. 1, 2012, she used a credit card issued to the Linn Housing Authority for personal expenses totaling more than $7,652.

Sentencing is set for April 4. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Grissom commended the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney for their work on the case.