Office of Affordable Housing Preservation, photographed on the rooftop of the HUD building in Washington, D.C., October 8, 2009. (Army Times Publishing Co.)
A supervisor at the Housing and Urban Development Department's office in Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to a year and a day in prison yesterday for claiming he was working while actually playing tennis or going to casinos from 2001 to 2007.
Herman Ransom, 53, also must pay HUD $46,925 in restitution and a $2,000 special assessment fee, the Justice Department said yesterday. A jury in March found Ransom guilty of wire fraud and theft of public funds.
Prosecutors said that federal investigators kept Ransom under surveillance for 32 separate days while he went to casinos and played tennis while he was supposed to be at work. Justice said that investigators analyzed records from casinos and a tennis club in Kansas City from 2001 to 2007 to determine that he had received $46,925 while he was not working.
After completing his prison sentence, Ransom will serve two years of supervised release.
Ransom, who was a GS-15 supervisor at HUD, oversaw about 89 employees in offices that oversaw multiple-unit affordable housing programs in Kansas City, Kan., St. Louis, Des Moines, Omaha, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.