New Orleans police officer faces theft charge
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer has been suspended and is facing a federal theft charge.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans said Wednesday that 39-year-old Tracie Medus was charged this week with theft of government funds. A bill of information charges that Medus obtained $158,700 from the Louisiana Road Home Small Rental Property Program - money that prosecutors say she knew she was not entitled to.
Medus has not responded yet in court. A hearing date was pending. The U.S. Attorney's Office said a conviction on the theft charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years.