Jhonnita Williams used the money to pay for personal expenses, including the financing and purchase of a four-bedroom, single-family home, authorities said. She pleaded guilty to one count of conspiratorial federal program theft.
Erves pleaded guilty to being involved in the same scheme and was sentenced to 33 months in prison in January.
“MARTA trusted Williams to use and protect taxpayer dollars effectively and responsibly,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in the release. “Her participation ... demonstrates that she sold the public’s trust for self-enrichment.”
“The guilty plea by Ms. Williams concludes a coordinated investigation with our federal law enforcement partners, and we are satisfied with the results,” MARTA Police Chief Wanda Y. Dunham said. “We hope this guilty verdict serves as a deterrent for others who would attempt to defraud the taxpayers.”
In other news:
A total of 116 cases have been confirmed across the country, including 3 in Georgia.