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Ex-Church Point Housing Authority chief sentenced for embezzling

The former head of the Church Point Housing Authority has been sentenced in connection with her embezzlement of about $200,000 from the organization.

The woman will spend the next 11 months in home confinement and has been ordered to pay back $195,788. She was director of the housing authority, which distributes funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to Louisiana communities around Church Point, from 2002 until she resigned in 2011.

The woman pleaded guilty earlier this year to a lone charge of embezzling government money. She told authorities that she had a gambling problem. Evidently, she would generate fake invoices for services never performed or products never rendered, write out a check for the expense and then cash the check herself.

In many cases, people who embezzle money like this can be seen as victims of themselves. Often, they have crippling drug addictions, serious financial woes or, like this woman, problems with gambling. That does not make it okay to steal money, of course, but it does help explain what often leads people to take what is not theirs.

We hope first that this woman is sincerely contrite and remorseful about what she did. Secondly, though, we hope that she can get the treatment and help she needs to put this dark chapter behind her and begin leading the healthy, well-adjusted life we all deserve to enjoy. It is fair to assume she would like to take that step herself, but many people need professional assistance because they just cannot do it on their own.

Source: KATC-TV, "Ex-Church Point housing head sentenced," Aug. 28, 2012

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