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Business Observer Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 2 years ago

Officials: Housing director embezzled funds

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Twaski Jackson was director of client services for two Fort Myers housing authorities.

FORT MYERS — Former Fort Myers housing director Twaski Jackson pleaded guilty to stealing and embezzling thousands of dollars from the City of Fort Myers Housing Authority and the Lee County Housing Authority.

According to a statement from the office of acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow, Jackson, 38, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for each count. A sentencing date has not been set.

Jackson served as director of client services for both housing authorities from 2012 to 2016. In his position, he approved credit card disbursements and checks written on behalf of the agencies, the press release says. Jackson approved expenditures benefitting himself and friends, according to the statement, including payments of Jackson's own college tuition and personal trips.

The statement says Jackson also improperly paid a friend who performed no services for the agencies, and the two split the money. It also says over a three-year period, Jackson bilked the agencies for over $86,000. His plea agreement requires him to forfeit the proceeds of the crime and repay victims.

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