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Big Freedia pleads guilty in New Orleans housing aid case

7 months 6 days 5 hours ago March 17, 2016 Mar 17, 2016 Thursday, March 17 2016 March 17, 2016 4:03 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans says entertainer Big Freedia - legal name Freddie Ross Jr. - has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds.
Prosecutors said in court records filed Wednesday that the performer repeatedly gave false income information while applying for government housing assistance from 2009 through 2014. The theft amounted to more than $34,000.
The performer could be sentenced to 10 years in prison, but prosecutors are expected to seek a lighter penalty at a June 16 sentencing hearing.
When the charges were announced this month, Big Freedia released a statement saying she had been on federally subsidized housing for years before her financial situation improved.
Big Freedia said the infraction was "an oversight" for which she takes full responsibility. She has agreed to make restitution.

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