Former Ponchatoula Housing Authority Chief Pleads Guilty

A former head of the Ponchatoula Housing Authority has pleaded guilty to the theft of government funds.

46-year-old Wanda Wells Cornish served as executive director of the agency from 2011 through 2015 and had the authority to make purchases and manage the agency's bank accounts.

Federal prosecutors claimed she used a PHA credit card to make personal purchases in the amount of $27,000.

Sentencing has been scheduled for June 29 and she faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

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