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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Arkansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 14, 2016

Helena Housing Authority Director Arrested, Charged with Theft of Government Funds

LITTLE ROCK—Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced today the arrest of Lionell S. Moss, the executive director of the Helena Housing Authority (HHA), for his role in a scheme to steal government funds. Moss, 58, of Helena–West Helena, is charged in a federal indictment with theft of government funds and theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

As the executive director for the HHA, Moss was responsible for properly managing the day-to-day operations of the housing authority without waste, fraud or mismanagement. As alleged in the indictment, from October 2011 through January 2015, while serving as executive director, Moss submitted materially false and fraudulent reimbursement requests for sick leave and annual leave, and made personal expenditures using the HHA credit cards. In total, Moss received approximately $57,907.40 from the scheme.

Late Friday afternoon, Moss appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe and was released on bond pending trial. If convicted, Moss faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

This investigation is being conducted by the Housing and Urban Development— Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Edward Walker and Cameron McCree are prosecuting the case for the government.

The charges and allegations contained in an indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Topic(s): 
Public Corruption
Updated October 14, 2016