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January 04, 2012

Former Executive Director of Jacksonville, Texas Housing Authority Guilty of Federal Crimes

TYLER, Texas – The former Executive Director of the Jacksonville, Texas Housing Authority has pleaded guilty of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Georgina Denise Bridgeforth, 38, of Mesquite, Texas, pleaded guilty to theft of government funds in excess of $1,000 today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

According to information presented in court, from Sep. 26, 2007 to Apr. 16, 2008, Bridgeforth devised and executed a scheme to steal $37,474.93 from the Jacksonville Housing Authority program funds.  Bridgeforth admitted to using credit cards for personal items, fuel, a computer and rental cars.  She also increased her salary payments without authorization.  Bridgeforth was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011.

Bridgeforth faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

              This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Middleton.

 

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