LAFAYETTE — A former Lafayette Housing Authority worker and her sister pleaded guilty Monday in a scheme to secure improper housing subsidies to cover the mortgage payments on a home they inherited.
Former LHA worker Rhonda R. Hebert and her sister, Adrea D. Hebert, were indicted in March on federal fraud charges.
Federal prosecutors said the two women devised a scheme to have Rhonda Hebert’s former boyfriend apply for Section 8 housing vouchers — federal subsidies used to help low-income families afford housing in the private market — for a home the sisters inherited on Webb Street in Lafayette.
The boyfriend never lived there, prosecutors said.
The local housing authority, where Rhonda Hebert had worked since 2001, mailed Adrea Hebert $7,170 in housing assistance payments from August 2012 until May 2013, according to court documents filed Monday outlining the allegations.
The $7,170 in fraudulently obtained housing assistance has been repaid, according to court documents.
The Hebert sisters face up to five years in prison when sentenced.
The scheme was uncovered by LHA staff, who referred the case to federal investigators last year.
Rhonda Hebert and another unnamed LHA worker who allegedly had knowledge of the illegal payments both resigned after the allegations came to light, according to a recent state audit of the local housing authority.