Former Central Texas housing director indicted

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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 8:32 PM

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the former director of a Central Texas housing authority who's accused of diverting more than $200,000 in taxpayer money to family members.

State authorities say Brenda D. Schroeder is charged with felony theft by a public servant, submitting fraudulent credit applications and engaging in organized criminal activity.

They said Friday the 62-year-old Schroeder ran the Smithville Housing Authority for six years and wrote checks to herself and others. She was fired last year.

Wendall B. Bennett, Schroeder's son, was indicted for felony theft and engaging in organized criminal activity. Authorities say Schroeder falsely claimed her son was a landlord eligible for federal subsidies.

Schroeder was being held Friday at the Bastrop County jail on two separate $250,000 bonds. Bennett remains held on a $250,000 bond.

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