Dallas Woman Sentenced to 12 Months and 1 Day in Federal Prison For Stealing Government Money

Date Published: 
July 5, 2017
News Type: 
Press Releases
Program Area(s): 
Public and Indian Housing

DALLAS — Tasha Lashaun Wilson, of Dallas, was sentenced last Friday by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to serve a prison sentence of 12 months and one day for theft of government funds, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Wilson pleaded guilty in July 2015 to one count of theft of government money. Chief Judge Lynn ordered that Wilson be immediately remanded into federal custody at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing. Wilson was also order to pay back the loss to the government, none of which Wilson had attempted to pay back prior to the sentencing hearing.

According to documents filed in the case, on October 24, 2012, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) received information about a Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) tenant believed to have a financial interest in the residence where she was living in Frisco, Texas.

A review of Wilson’s Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) tenant file revealed that she had been a HCV program participant since 2003. It was also determined that Wilson received United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and Medicaid assistance.

In 2010, Wilson was looking for a place to live while she was a participant in the HCV program. Wilson’s friend agreed to sign up to be an approved landlord in the HCV program so Wilson could live in his house in Frisco, Texas while she remained in the HCV program. As part of the...