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Case Number: 3:19-cr-00278-CWR-FKB
Judge: Carlton W. Reeves
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Copiah County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Keesha Middleton
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Description: Hazlehurst, MS - The United States of America charged Barbara Thedford Skipper with conversion of public funds.
Barbara Thedford Skipper, 51, of Hazlehurst, pled guilty to theft of federal funds.
From 2015 through 2017, while serving as Executive Director for the Hazlehurst Housing Authority, Skipper knowingly converted and misapplied funds from the Housing Authority’s operating account to her own use. Operating account funds are designed to assist the Housing Authority with the upkeep of public housing residential living conditions. Such public housing is established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.
In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Skipper utilized Hazlehurst Housing Authority’s operating account to purchase personal items, including, but not limited to, clothing, perfume, countertop ice makers, electronic tablets, cookware, a fitness wristband, portable boom box, champagne flutes, Fire TV stick and several gift cards. It was also discovered that Skipper made unauthorized purchases from an online retailer and made payments to her personal Bank of America credit card from the Housing Authority operating account. The total amount of loss was $57,202.
She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as restitution.
The case is the result of an investigation by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General.
Outcome: Barbara Skipper's change of plea held on January 22, 2020 before Judge Carlton Reeves.AUDIO FILE size(47.4 MB) (CC) (Entered: 01/24/2020)