Director of housing authority arrested for theft of government funds

Director of housing authority arrested for theft of government funds

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The executive director of the Helena Housing Authority was arrested for his role in a plan to steal government funds.

Lionell S. Moss, 58, of Helena-West Helena is charged in a federal indictment with theft of government funds and theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, according to a press release from Christopher R. Thyer, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Moss was responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Helena Housing Authority.

From October 2011 through January 2015, while serving as executive director, Moss allegedly submitted false and fraudulent reimbursement requests for sick leave and annual leave and made personal purchases using the HHA credit cards.

Moss received approximately $57,907 from the scheme.

Moss was released on bond late Friday afternoon pending trial.

If convicted, he faces a max penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Marshal Service.

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