Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ex-Housing Authority Executive Director, Secretary Get Multi-Year Prison Sentences For Pocketing Over $14K In Palm Grease From Poor Tenants In Exchange For Allowing Them To Skip Over Others On Section 8 Waiting List

In McAllen, Texas, The Monitor reports:
  • Two former Hidalgo Housing Authority officials were sentenced to prison [] for taking more than $14,000 in bribes to allow people to skip a waiting list for subsidized housing.

    Susana Munguia, 61, and Lubina Pedraza, 54, both of Hidalgo, were facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery last July.

    Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Munguia to 57 months in prison followed by three years of probation and ordered her to pay back $14,497 in restitution. Pedraza was ordered to pay back the same amount in restitution and serve the same probation time but received a lesser sentence of 46 months in prison.

    Munguia served as the housing authority’s executive director and Pedraza was a secretary between July 2011 and May 2014 when they admitted to abusing their positions as public officials and asking for bribes to allow residents to skip the Section 8 wait list, according to court documents.

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