Housing Director Admits Theft

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The former head of the housing authority in a small Kansas town has admitted stealing nearly $7,700 in federal funds.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Debra L. Savage (53), of Linn, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of theft from a federal program.

Savage was the executive director of the housing authority in Linn, a north-central Kansas town of about 400 people in Washington County. In her plea, she admitted using a housing authority credit card for personal expenses of nearly $7,700 between December 2009 and December 2012.

Savage faces maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 at her sentencing, scheduled for April 4.