Georgia housing administrator pleads guilty in theft case

Georgia housing administrator pleads guilty in theft case

October 5th, 2017 by Associated Press in Breaking News

ATLANTA (AP) — The administrative manager at a Georgia housing agency has pleaded guilty to one count of federal program theft.

U.S. Attorney John A. Horn says 34-year-old Erica L. Morris's plea was announced Wednesday. He says she admitted making more than $35,000 in personal purchases on a Covington Housing Authority credit card that had been issued for work-related purchases.

Horn says Morris, of Covington, stole money that was supposed to be used to serve low-income families and used it to support her lifestyle.

As CHA's administrative manager, she handled accounting, bookkeeping, human resources, payroll accounts, service contracts and maintained the office's business records.

From about June 2015 to May 2016, Horn's office says Morris made more than 60 unauthorized purchases on the credit card, including buying thousands of dollars' worth of Visa gift cards.