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

Friday, August 1, 2014

Memphis Woman Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Over $30,000 From Memphis Housing Authority

Memphis, TN – Janet Wheeler, age 48, of Cordova, Tennessee, pleaded guilty yesterday to a criminal information charging her with theft of government funds, announced Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

According to facts revealed in the criminal information and recited during the plea, between February 2009 and December 2011, Wheeler was a participant in the Housing Choice Voucher Program operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. An investigation revealed that Wheeler had made false representations to the Memphis Housing Authority and as a result had received over $30,000 in federal housing assistance to which she was not entitled.

Wheeler faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for December 5, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. before United States District Judge John T. Fowlkes.

This case was investigated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Pritchard on behalf of the government.

Updated March 19, 2015