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SOUTH BEND –Douglas Donley, 42 years old, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge Jon E. DeGuilio, after being found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud and one count of bank fraud on November 1, 2023, following an eight-day jury trial, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Donley was sentenced to 27 months in prison, 2 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $303,920 in restitution to the victim of the offense.

According to documents in the case, the Housing Authority of South Bend (HASB) provides housing opportunities and services to the South Bend community, managing more than 800 public housing residential units. From approximately 2015 through 2019, a number of employees at the HASB conspired with each other and with outside contractors to defraud the HASB. The fraud scheme involved the issuance of HASB payment checks to four outside contractors for contracting work that had not actually occurred. These contractors would then deposit the HASB payment checks, withdraw a portion of each check in cash, and hand-deliver the cash back to co-conspirators at the HASB’s main office. Donley was one of the four outside contractors who participated in the scheme. From October 2017 to March 2019, a total of 29 fraudulent HASB payment checks were issued to the payee “Doug Donley.” None of the checks corresponded to legitimate contracting work. The total value of checks issued to “Doug Donley” was $310,920, which was the amount of the lost benefit intended to maintain and fix the housing units in which HASB tenants lived.  

Donley is the first to be sentenced of the three individuals who were found guilty at trial.

This case was investigated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Luke N. Reilander, Joel Gabrielse, and Jerome W. McKeever.