Former Wallingford Housing Authority employee sentenced to probation

Former Wallingford Housing Authority employee sentenced to probation

WALLINGFORD — The former property manager of the Wallingford Housing Authority pleaded guilty Friday to a larceny charge in Meriden Superior Court.

Johna Pompano, 40, of 37 Charter Oak Ave., East Haven, was arrested April 6, 2016, and charged with first-degree larceny and first-degree forgery. She pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to first-degree larceny, and the forgery charge was dropped.

Pompano received a 10-year suspended prison sentence and five years’ probation. According to statements in court, Pompano made restitution for the full $10,209 she was accused of stealing.

Under the Alford doctrine, a defendant disputes some evidence but acknowledges there is enough for a conviction.

In late 2015, a housing authority resident reported fraudulent use of a rent check, according to Pompano’s arrest warrant. Pompano admitted to writing her name on the rent check and said she intended to pay the full amount back. An internal audit later showed discrepancies attributed to Pompano totaling $10,209.

Lauren Sellew

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