- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans Police officer has been sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing $158,700 from the Louisiana Road Home rental program created after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in a news release Friday said 40-year-old Tracie Medus was sentenced to a year of home confinement and three years’ probation for theft of government funds. She also was ordered to pay restitution.

Medus qualified for the small rental property program by saying she was repairing two apartments for people who needed low rents, but charged more than authorized. Federal prosecutors say Medus admitted defrauding the program created to enable low-income families displaced by Katrina to return to Louisiana. The program provided money for landlords to repair units to be rented at specified low rates to approved tenants.

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