- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the former head of a New Orleans nonprofit organization who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars in public grant money has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite tells The New Orleans Advocate (https://bit.ly/1wHPX3W ) Marcia Peterson, who served as the executive director of CDC 58:12, a faith-based community development group, also was ordered to pay $91,000 in restitution and to serve three years of supervised release.

Peterson pleaded guilty in August to stealing nearly $25,000 from the U.S. Department of Education and more than $62,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Court filings indicate Peterson has suffered from a gambling addiction. She was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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