The former executive director of the Conyers Housing Authority was sentenced Wednesday to 1 ½ years in prison for embezzling $130,000 from the federally-funded program.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash also ordered Kristi Kirkus Wilson, 45, to pay $150,000 in restitution. She will be on probation for three years after she is released from prison.
Wilson pleaded guilty June 3 to using the agency’s credit card for vacation expenses and for meals while she was in town. She also admitted using the credit card to pay for a waterslide, a barn, perimeter fencing, outdoor Christmas decorations, Christmas gifts and parties for housing authority employees. She conceded that she approved bonuses for herself and that she padded hers and her husband’s salaries.