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LEBANON WOMEN CHARGED WITH FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAM FRAUD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2011

    The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a federal grand jury in Harrisburg has returned an indictment yesterday charging a Lebanon County woman with providing false information to a housing authority and thereby defrauding the federal government out of $28,712 in rent subsidies.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Candida Leger, age 40, was charged in a two-count indictment with providing false information to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) and with theft of government funds.

     Investigators with HUD's Office of Inspector General were alerted by the Lebanon County Housing Authority. It was determined that Leger allegedly provided false information in her annual re-certification interviews by concealing the fact that she was employed on and off during the period 2007 to 2010. According to U.S. Attorney Smith, by claiming that the only income she had during this period of time was from child support, Leger defrauded HUD out of $28,712 in rental subsidies that HUD would not otherwise have paid had she truthfully reported her income earnings.

     If convicted, Leger is subject to a possible term of imprisonment of give years, fines totaling $250,000 and an order to make restitution.

     The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General. Prosecution has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe.

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