By Kati Walker
Cecilia Chavez, the executive director of the Levelland Housing Authority, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for embezzlement.
The indictment accuses Chavez of receiving benefits “in excess of $10,000 from the Public Housing Operating Fund and Public Housing Capital Fund of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
It further alleges that Chavez “used her position as an agent of the Levelland Housing Authority to embezzle, and without authority, knowingly convert to her own use property worth at least $5,000 owned by and under the control of the Levelland Housing Authority.”
Chavez is also accused of wrongfully purchasing items for personal use using the Levelland Housing Authority’s credit accounts and wrongfully using the Levelland Housing Authority’s funds for her personal use, according to court documents.
The indictment says Chavez committed said crimes between January 1, 2011 and through June 6, 2017.
Court documents say the amount of federal money taken is more than $44,000. It also says if found guilty, Chavez will be responsible for repaying the federal money or forfeiting to the United States any other property the defendant has up to the value.
The Levelland Housing Authority Board of Directors has scheduled an emergency meeting tonight, at 6 p.m., at the Housing Authority Building to appoint an interim director.
The board will first meet in executive session to discuss personnel matters and hold private consultation with its attorney.
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