- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police officer has been suspended and is facing a federal theft charge.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans said Wednesday that 39-year-old Tracie Medus was charged this week with theft of government funds. A bill of information charges that Medus obtained $158,700 from the Louisiana Road Home Small Rental Property Program - money that prosecutors say she knew she was not entitled to.

Medus has not responded yet in court. A hearing date was pending. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a conviction on the theft charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years.

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