GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an employee with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been charged with embezzling more than $149,000 from the agency.

Sheila Ann Howard, 55, of Capitol Heights was charged in a criminal complaint filed Thursday and unsealed Friday, when she was arrested. Howard was released under supervision.

According to the complaint, Howard, who has worked at FEMA since 1990, was most recently responsible for processing payment through a payroll system. The complaint says she processed 26 fraudulent payments worth more than $149,000 and deposited them to bank accounts she controlled.

If convicted, Howard could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. pigeon says:

    What the heck do you mean “If convicted, Howard could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison”. This individual stole not only from the Fed’l Gov’t. but also from her fellow citizens. Oh, I’m sorry. She could cop a plea (mentally unstable, which could be why she was hired in the first place) like every other damn criminal and get nothing but a slap on the hand, told not to do it again and be sent home by some judge who felt so sorry for her!
    Give me a break. She belongs in jail for the full 10 years and be made to repay every cent plus interest even if it means losing everything she may own. Too bad lady, you brought this on yourself.

  2. Mary says:

    A Federal employee and she was not grateful for that federal job but had to have more. Disgusting. I think most of us would love to work for FEMA and we would do our job by performing it honestly and not to rip off our fellow taxpayers. Shame on you lady. You need to be jailed big time for the crime you committed.

  3. Lisa Wilbourne says:

    A crime is a crime (that is definitely the case) but you never know the entire story unless you are a part of it. It is not for us to make judgement on this and any situation, only God can judge them.

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