Man enters guilty plea in plot to embezzle from agency

December 24, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The friend of a former Housing Authority of Baltimore City employee pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to conspiring to embezzle nearly $142,000 in federal funds from the agency, said Maryland U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia.

Willie Joe Spann, 39, of Baltimore pleaded guilty before Judge Frederic N. Smalkin, who set sentencing for Feb. 20, Battaglia said.

She said Spann's friend, Doretha McFadden, 46, also of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the same charge Dec. 4. Smalkin set sentencing for Feb. 25.

Battaglia said McFadden, who worked as HABC's chief of disbursements in the accounts payable division, obtained 62 blank HABC checks and issued them to herself or Spann in various amounts between May 1994 and October 1996 and used the proceeds for personal expenses.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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