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Ex-Huntington housing official jailed for embezzlement

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A former Huntington Housing Authority administrator has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison and ordered to repay more than $23,000 she admitted stealing from a grant program that helps homeless and disabled people.

Patricia Howard, 54, of Huntington, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington.

Howard pleaded guilty in November to embezzlement from an organization receiving federal benefits.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Howard administered accounts for a program that provides housing services. She transferred money from the program to her personal checking account in 2011 and 2012.

Goodwin said Howard will serve the federal sentence after she completes a state sentence of one to three years for a conviction in an unrelated case for fraudulently using an access device.


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