BELLEVILLE WOMAN SENTENCED FOR DEFRAUDING PUBLIC HOUSING
Roshanda J. Story, 30, of Belleville, IL, was sentenced in federal court on October 5, 2011, for one count of Theft of Government Funds and three counts of Making False Statements for falsifying her income to receive public housing assistance funds to which she was not entitled, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, 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 that were administered through the St. Clair County Housing Authority. Story pled guilty to these charges on June 24, 2011, and is now a multiple convicted felon for her fraud upon the government program. Story was sentenced to a term of five years’ probation, must pay special assessments totaling $400.00, and must pay restitution in the amount of $10,523.00.00. Conditions of Story’s probation include that she must make restitution payments, she must apply all tax returns, winnings, or other similar proceeds to her restitution, she must undergo a mental health assessment and follow any treatment or medication regimen that is prescribed, she must not incur any credit charges or open any new lines of credit without authorization, and she must undergo credit counseling. Failure to comply with any conditions of probation could result in Story being jailed.
The indictment, guilty plea, and sentencing follow an investigation by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The prosecution of the case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin F. Burke.