CAMDEN – Alesia Watson, the former Brick Housing Authority director who pleaded guilty to embezzling federal funds from the Ocean City Housing Authority was sentenced to three years of probation Thursday, federal law enforcement officials announced.
Watson, a resident of Galloway Township, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $8,050 in restitution by US Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams in Camden federal court following her May guilty plea to one count of embezzling federal funds and resignation.
Watson’s theft of federal taxpayer dollars occurred while she was working in her capacity as the director of the Ocean City Housing Authority. Under a shared services agreement, she also served as the director of Brick’s housing authority.
According to a statement released by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey:
“As executive director, Watson had access to two credit cards maintained by [The Ocean City Housing Authority]. From December 2013 through March 2015, Watson purchased 69 MasterCard gift cards using these two OCHA credit cards. She used the gift cards for personal expenses not associated with OCHA or provided them to friends and family members. Watson then used federal funds received from HUD and administered by OCHA to pay the credit card bills associated with the purchase of the gift cards. According to the plea agreement, the loss associated with the embezzlement was more than $6,500 but less than $15,000.”