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Former Alabama attorney sentenced in fraud scheme

A former Alabama attorney has been sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding the government from over $1 million.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2018 12:25 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2018 12:26 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama attorney has been sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development out of more than $1 million.

The Justice Department said in a news release that 48-year-old Christopher Pitts was sentenced for a wire fraud scheme that operated between 2005 and 2008.

An indictment says the Montgomery lawyer had been hired by HUD to handle the closings on sales of all homes owned by the agency in 20 counties in northern and central Alabama.

The Justice Department said Pitts was responsible for receiving purchase funds, paying closing costs and transmitting the remaining money to HUD.

He had pleaded guilty to not turning over payments to HUD.

Pitts has been ordered to make full restitution when he's released from prison.

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