Former Housing Directors Plead Guilty In Federal Court

Several former city housing directors in Eastern Carolina face federal prison time after pleading guilty in schemes to defraud the government.

Former Goldsboro Housing Director Gene Thomas and former assistant director Robert Coggins pled guilty to unlawful conversion of federal funds in a plan to make it look like they the proper oversight in place.

The feds say the two falsified documents to make it appear the housing authority had a licensed general contractor on their payroll. It says in August 2002, Coggins retired but that both he and Thomas faked documents to make it appear he was continuing to work part time for the authority for almost ten years, collecting approximately $10,000 each year in salary.

Thomas and Coggins face up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office also says the former director of the Wilson Housing Authority pleaded guilty to making false statement and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They say Rossalyn Farmer of Wilson falsified documents that showed the housing authority had completed inspections which were required for Section 8 housing subsidies.

Farmer faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.