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Former WHA employee pleads guilty to stealing $179,000 in rent money


A Wilmington man has pleaded guilty to embezzling at least $179,000 from the city's Housing Authority.

Thirty-four-year-old Damien Piper was an assistant site manager for the Housing Authority in 2012 when he allegedly began signing rental payments over to himself for personal use.

The Delaware U.S. Attorney's office says that residents often paid their rent by money order. Piper would cash those orders or deposit them into his own bank accounts. The US Attorney says this happened at least 700 times until late 2014.

Piper is also accused of altering residents' rent in the Housing Authority's computer system and keeping the difference paid.

He now faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. He'll be sentenced by a District Court judge in February.


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