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ATLANTA - Janice Cooks has been sentenced for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds intended for housing for disabled women and their children.

“The defendant obtained nearly a million dollars from HUD in grant funds designated for housing for disabled women and children,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “Cooks intentionally mismanaged the money, spent it on personal and business expenses not covered by the grant, and ultimately caused the intended recipients to lose their homes. 

“This sentencing proves our continuing resolve to root out thievery in all forms, especially when the funds involved should have been used to help vulnerable members of our society,” said Nadine Gurley, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to protect the integrity of our housing programs.”...