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Selma woman pleads guilty to theft of public money

United States District Court Kristi Dubose will decide Sept. 18, 2009 the fate of one Selma woman.

Sarah Turner, 34, pleaded guilty to theft of public money Monday in District Court held in Mobile.

Turner received U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing and utility subsidies for two years although she was not eligible.

She failed to report her employment with the Hyundai Plant, Whitehall Gaming Center and the Dallas County Board of Education. With her three jobs, her total estimated income was $30,000 per year. Since she did not report this income, she received $6,568 in rent and utilities.

Dubose will hand down a sentence that could be as much as 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

Agents of the HUD Office of Inspector General looked into Turner’s case and Assistant United States Attorney Gina S. Vann prosecuted it.