OIG Investigative Reports, Gretna, LA. December 18, 2014 - Former Non-Profit Director Sentenced for Defrauding Government Agencies Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Reports THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT of LOUISIANA U.S. Attorneys » Eastern District of Louisiana Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Louisiana Former Non-Profit Director Sentenced for Defrauding Government Agencies FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 18, 2014 U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced that MARCIA PETERSON, of Gretna, was sentenced yesterday for defrauding several federal and state agencies. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman sentenced PETERSON to 15 months imprisonment, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. Additionally, PETERSON was ordered to pay $91,492.41 in restitution. According to court documents, PETERSON was sentenced after having pled guilty in August to two counts of theft of government funds and one count of wire fraud. PETERSON was the executive director and accountant for CDC 58:12, a non-profit with a stated mission of transforming communities by creating opportunities in housing, education, health, and economic development. From 2011 through 2013, PETERSON improperly withdrew approximately $87,000 in federal grant funds from CDC’s bank account and spent the money on gambling and other personal expenses. Additionally, from August 2012 to December 2012, while working for CDC, PETERSON falsely claimed to the Louisiana Workforce Commission that she was out of work in order to receive $4,199 in unemployment insurance benefits. U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Education - Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Chandra Menon was in charge of the prosecution. USAO - Eastern District of Louisiana Top Printable view Last Modified: 01/08/2015 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Non-Profit Director Sentenced for Defrauding Government Agencies. Gretna, LA., December 18, 2014
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2014-12-18.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.