The Real Deal Miami

Former officer at Belle Glade non-profit housing corporation sentenced in embezzlement case

April 10, 2012 11:15AM

A former assistant finance director at Noah Development Corporation, a non-profit housing organization, has been sentenced to 13 months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzlement, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo Ferrer. Vivene Patricia Richards pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging her with theft from the organization, which provided housing to low-income residents of Belle Glade. “Public servants have a responsibility to promote and protect the interests of the people whom they represent,” Ferrer said. “This prosecution should serve as a reminder to those who need it that public service is a calling for others, not to do for yourself by stealing money earmarked for the underprivileged.” — Alexander Britell