Former city official charged with embezzling federal funds Ex-supervisor in housing accused of taking $142,000 for herself and friend

November 21, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A former city housing authority supervisor has been charged with embezzling $142,000 by writing agency checks to herself and a friend, federal prosecutors in Baltimore said yesterday.

Doretha McFadden, formerly chief of disbursements for the accounts payable division of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, is alleged to have issued the checks between May 18, 1994, and Oct. 17, 1996.

Prosecutors said she and the friend charged in the incident, Willie Joe Spahn, cashed the checks for their personal use.

McFadden, 46, who was paid $43,335 a year, was fired last year after an internal audit discovered that money was missing, city officials said. She and Spahn are charged with conspiracy to embezzle federal program funds.

The investigation began when city officials received an anonymous tip from an outside source that prompted the audit by the FBI and the Inspector General's office attached to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Reached at her Woodlawn home last night, McFadden declined to comment on the charge. Prosecutors did not disclose whether any of the money was recovered or how they allege it was spent.

Pub Date: 11/21/97

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