A Michigan woman will serve over three years in prison for theft of federal funds and tax evasion after being convicted of stealing money from the Hammond Housing Authority. South Bend District Judge Jon DeGuilio sentenced Michelle Seljan to 37 months.
Seljan worked as a supervisor at the Hammond Housing Authority and used the organization’s computers to divert $633,628 of its funds to bank accounts she created. She also attempted to evade federal income taxes by not reporting the embezzled income on tax returns.
U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch said, "Seljan stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Hammond Housing Authority. Her greed earned her a lengthy prison sentence. My office has zero tolerance for public officials who abuse their positions for personal financial gain. Our law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively investigate, while we will continue to prosecute those who betray the public trust.”
Seljan was also ordered to pay the $633,628 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and over $201,000 to the IRS.