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Former Huntington, WV, public housing manager gets 18 months in prison for embezzling more than $150,000 in federal funds

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A 51-year-old Proctorville, Ohio, woman who admitted to embezzling more than $150,000 in federal funds intended for low-income housing subsidies in Huntington, West Virginia, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Connie Lynn Whitley was managing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development apartments and checking accounts for the Uptowner Inns at the time of the theft, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin reports.

The money in the accounts was to be used by Uptowner to pay a portion of the rent for qualifying tenants occupying its HUD apartments, but Whitley admitted in April to pilfering the federal funds over a four-year period and deposited the money into her personal checking account.

Goodwin said Whitley concealed the fraud by entering false information into the check ledger indicating the money was spent on maintenance and other items for the apartments.

The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.