Nancy Louise Delgado Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 3, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, NANCY LOUISE DELGADO, a 46-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, was sentenced to a term of:
Probation: 5 years
Special Assessment: $200
DELGADO was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to theft of government money.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad C. Spraker, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
From 2006 through 2009 DELGADO received over $13,000 in Section 8 Tenant-based Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) funds to which she was not entitled. Section 8 provides federal monetary assistance to low-income individuals who rent homes or apartment.
DELGADO applied for Section 8 benefits on June 29, 2004, and began receiving rental assistance on March 17, 2006, for her residence in Billings. WF moved into DELGADO's home just after July 4, 2006. He was self-employed until about April 2008, when he began working for Bresnan Communications, which paid him approximately $2,500 a month. WF lived with DELGADO until 2009.
From July 2006 to March 2009, DELGADO underwent three annual reexaminations and six interim reexaminations with the Billings Housing Authority. On each occasion the housing authority inquired who was living in her household, and on each occasion DELGADO failed to inform the housing authority that WF was living with her. WF's income from 2008 to 2009 would have reduced the Section 8 benefits to which DELGADO was eligible by over $13,000.
DELGADO's Section 8 benefits continued uninterrupted until February 2010, when a detective interviewed DELGADO and WF in connection with another matter. In her interview, DELGADO told the detective that WF had lived with her for about four years.
After discovering that WF had been living with DELGADO, the Billings Housing Authority notified DELGADO that her Section 8 assistance would be terminated. DELGADO requested a hearing on the decision, and during that hearing DELGADO admitted that WF had lived with her for approximately four and a half years. When asked why she had not reported that he was living with her, DELGADO replied that they did not want his income calculated for rent purposes.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Inspector General's Office.