Two plead guilty to defrauding public housing program

October 21, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two women have pleaded guilty before a Howard County Circuit judge to charges of felony theft for defrauding the county's public housing program of an estimated $45,000.

Nicole D. Gilliam, 27, of Columbia and Danielle Evans, 30, who owns property in Marriottsville, were charged in June after an investigator with the Office of Housing and Community Development determined that they had misrepresented their financial status.

In public housing programs, rent is based on a sliding scale linked to household income. Officials said the women received more money than they should have to help pay their rent.

Gilliam pleaded guilty to receiving $21,972 in subsidies for which she did not qualify. Evans did not report the Marriottsville property she owned, jobs she worked nor a car she owned. She illegally received $23,529 in subsidies.

After a plea bargain last week, Gilliam was sentenced to five years of supervised probation, more than 1,000 hours of community service and a fine of $10,000.

Evans was given probation before judgment, three years of supervised probation and 200 hours of community service.

Pub Date: 10/21/98

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