CT Woman Who Was Married to Her Landlord Gets Prison for Defrauding HUD; She Owes the Government $33K
A Canton woman was sentenced to a month in prison for defrauding a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program, according to federal authorities.
Donna Carney, 67, also.was sentenced by U.S. Circuit Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in Bridgeport to three years of supervised release, and ordered her to pay $33,594,.according to federal authorities.
Authorities, citing court documents and statements made in court, said Carney began receiving “Section 8 tenant-based rental assistance under HUD’s housing choice voucher program” in 1995.
However, from about 2004 to 2019, Carney “failed to report to HUD that she was married to her landlord and therefore had an interest in the home in which she lived, failed to report certain others living in her home, and falsely claimed that unauthorized residents were live-in aides,” federal authorities said in a statement on the case.
Carney pleaded guilty to theft of government property in October 2022, federal authorities said. She is free on a $50,000 bond and is required to report to prison on June 29.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General for Investigations and the Canton Police Department, federal authorities said.
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