BELLEVILLE WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING PUBLIC HOUSING
Roshanda J. Story, 30, of Belleville, Ill.-, pled guilty to Theft of Government Funds and Making False Statements for falsifying her income to receive public housing assistance funds to which she was not entitled, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.
Story falsely under-reported her income on applications for continued occupancy in 2006, 2008, and 2009 and unlawfully received more than $10,000.00 in United States public housing subsidies. Story faces a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00, or both, and a term of supervised release of up to three years for the theft charge, and, up to 5 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00, or both, and a term of supervised release of up to three years for the false statement charges.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 30, 2011.
The indictment and guilty plea follow an investigation by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin F. Burke.