HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The former manager of a Huntington apartment complex who funneled $150,000 in public housing funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development into her own personal checking account will spend 18 months in prison.
Connie Lynn Whitley, 51, of Proctorville, Oh., was sentenced in Huntington Federal Court on Monday after pleading guilty to embezzlement charges in April.
Whitley had worked at Uptowner Inns. During a four year period, federal prosecutors said she would take the HUD money, which covered a portion of the rent from qualifying tenants, for herself. She hid the fraud by falsely recording that that money was spent on maintenance and other items for the apartments.
State Police, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the FBI were part of the investigation focused on Whitley.