A federal judge sentenced a former Thomaston Housing Authority executive director and her husband to serve time in federal prison for conspiring to steal government money, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Sherry Darlene McDaniel and her husband, Lance McDaniel, were found guilty in September during a weeklong jury trial in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Both were sentenced Tuesday in a hearing held in Macon.
Darlene McDaniel must serve 41 months in federal prison while her husband was sentenced to 33 months, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Darlene McDaniel was accused of honoring contracts, while serving as executive director, with Steve Williams Painting Contractor. The company employed her husband as a full-time employee performing work for the housing authority.
The contracts were honored without review or authorization from the housing authority’s board of directors, according to prosecutors.
Charges were dismissed against Steven Wayne Williams, who initially also was indicted, due to a lack of evidence, according to federal court records.