Ex-Delta housing director to be sentenced next month

by Associated Press

Published: July 3,2012

Tags: embezzlement, fraud, home, house, housing, housing authority, judge, judicial, judiciary, mortgage, sentence, sentencing

GREENVILLE — The former director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority will be sentenced Aug. 2 in federal court in Aberdeen.

WABG-TV reports sentencing will be at 10 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson.

Ann Jefferson was convicted in March on two counts of embezzlement, two counts of obstruction of justice and three counts of witness intimidation. Jefferson was acquitted of lying to a federal agent.

Her attorneys have argued the evidence was insufficient for a conviction.

Prosecutors say Jefferson converted money from several housing authority accounts to her own use. She also was accused of retaliating against two employees and a woman who bought a house from SDRHA after she found out the individuals had been cooperating with federal investigators looking into alleged crimes committed by Jefferson and others.

Court records said Jefferson made work unbearable for one of the witnesses, a broker and accounts payable analyst for her organization, then had her fired. Jefferson verbally abused another employee and withheld her pay, the indictment said.

The organization claims to promote affordable housing in the Mississippi Delta. Its governing board fired Jefferson after she was convicted.

Prosecutors say Jefferson could be sentenced to a maximum of 80 years in prison and could be fined $3.2 million.

South Delta officials have said they are determining what steps can be taken to recoup stolen funds.

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