A recent case in the District of New Jersey, United States v. Alesia Watson, No. 17-05537 (D.N.J.), illustrates the government’s continued efforts against white collar crime. The executive director of the Ocean City, New Jersey Housing Authority (the “OCHA”) pleaded guilty to embezzling federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) and administrated by the OCHA. According to court documents, the executive director used two credit cards to purchase sixty-nine Master Card gift cards during the period of December 2013 through March 2015. The executive director used the gift cards either for personal expenses not associated with the OCHA, or provided the gift cards to family members and friends. The executive director then used federal funds received from HUD and administrated by the OCHA to pay the credit card bills associated with the purchased gift cards. The government estimates the loss was somewhere between $6,500.00 and $15,000.00.
The embezzlement charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and $100,000.00 fine or twice the gain/ loss amount from the offense. Sentencing is set for August 15, 2017.
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On April 23, 2020, Pietragallo Partners Lourdes Sánchez Ridge and Michael A. Morse will present “How the False Claims Act Impacts Municipalities.” The False Claims Act (FCA) has been a tool used against municipalities and a tool used by municipalities. During this presentation, which is a part of the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association (IMLA) annual… Read more »Read More
Pietragallo partners John Schwab and Jim Kraus will be discussing topics related to federal criminal practice in a four-hour symposium hosted by the Allegheny County Bar Association on Friday, April 24th, 2020. Do you have your first criminal case in Federal Court or do you practice criminal defense and need a refresher on the specifics… Read more »Read More