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Husband and wife get prison for stealing from Cotton Plant Housing Authority

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Federal Judge Brian Miller today sentenced a married Des Arc couple to federal prison terms for stealing money from the Cotton Plant Housing Authority.

Rhonda Williams, 50, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised relase. Her husband, Gary, 59, was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release. They also were ordered to pay restitution of $732,177 and to forfeit $145,000 in cash seized from their home, the money in four bank accounts, a boat, and an SUV.

Rhonda Williams was director of the Housing Authority and Gary Williams was maintenance supervisor. The authority receives federal money to provide housing for people with low incomes.

For 13 years, beginning in 2001, the Williamses lied about payments from Housing Authority money and accepted bribes and kickbacks from contractors, the Justice Department said in a news release. Housing Authority money also was used to pay personal expenses charged on Authority credit cards and used Authority equipment and materials to build a personal home.

They pleaded guilty last year and have been awaiting sentencing.


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