Woman pleads guilty to stealing $7M from Housing Authority

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a woman who who stole almost $7 million from the Pierce County Housing Authority pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud. The News Tribune reports Cova Campbell put the money into her own accounts between March 2016 and July 2019 when she was working as the organization’s finance director. The plea agreement shows Campbell used the money to pay for land and land improvements in Oklahoma, for home improvements in Lakewood, Washington, and for travel including trips to Las Vegas and the chartering of a private jet.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office says she also spent money on cars gambling. Defense attorney Lance Hester says Campbell regrets what she has done.