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City housing director pleads guilty to theft

Kansas man embezzled $100,000 from local housing agency

A former local housing authority official at the Junction City Housing Authority in Kansas has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 while he was the executive director of the agency, federal officials said. James H. Tate, 58, entered a guilty plea Tuesday during a hearing in Topeka, according to a U.S. Attorney's office statement. In his plea, Tate admitted that between December 2002 and Nov. 6, 2004, he stole more than $100,000 from the housing authority, which receives federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide decent shelter for low-income residents, officials said. Tate said he started working for the housing authority in 1990 as a handy person and was promoted to executive director in January 1992. His job was to manage the daily operations of the housing authority and to report to the authority's board of directors. In 2000, the housing authority began using a computerized software accounting program that provided for signing c...