NEW ORLEANS – A 37-year-old New Orleans police officer has been charged in a two-count federal indictment of conspiracy and theft of federal funds, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Tiwana Alexander is accused of conspiring from March 2007 to July 2008 with a former case manager for non-profit House of Ruth, which was receiving HUD funding, to steal around $3,600.
The indictment claims Alexander, who was not homeless or jobless at the time while earning an annual salary of $40,000, filed for the short-term rental assistance provided under the House of Ruth.
She allegedly received two checks to pay her rent: one in July 2007 and one in August 2007. She then allegedly deposited $900 into her banking account in November 2007, December 2007 and January 2008.
Alexander faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, restitution, and three years supervised release.