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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pittsburgh Woman Sentenced For Collecting Federal Housing Subsidies In Pittsburgh And New York

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh woman was sentenced yesterday in federal court to three years probation and restitution of $10,513.80 on her conviction of theft of government property, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Court Judge Gustave Diamond imposed sentence upon Sherrie Williams, 65.

According to information presented to the court, Williams fraudulently received federal housing subsidies totaling $10,513.80 during the period from March 2009 through May 2011. During this period, Williams was the tenant of record at a federally subsidized apartment located in Staten Island, New York, and received rent subsidies for this apartment. Throughout this same period, Williams was living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in other federally subsidized housing.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, and the New York City Housing Authority, Office of Inspector General, for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Williams.

Updated July 14, 2015