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Man gets year for theft of Dallas housing funds

DALLAS -- A defendant in the Dallas City Hall corruption case was sentenced on Wednesday to a year in federal prison on an unrelated theft of public money conviction, a federal official said.

Darren Reagan, 48, was convicted in June, and is now in federal custody, according to a press release. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn ordered that Reagan pay $41,232 in restitution in addition to his prison sentence.

Reagan is facing charges of conspiracy to commit extortion, two counts of extortion by a public official, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and four counts of tax evasion in the Dallas City Hall corruption case, which is scheduled to go to trial in January.

A jury found that from Oct. 1, 2002, through Sept.1, 2007, Reagan knowingly stole about $45,000 in rental housing assistance payments from the Dallas Housing Authority in connection with the rental of property to his mother-in-law, Leatha Kirven.

Reagan falsely claimed to the Dallas Housing Authority that he had no blood, marital, or other familial relationship to Kirven, and as such, caused the agency to pay him housing assistant payments to which he was not entitled.

Kirven testified in a videotaped deposition taken from her hospital room that she knew rules were being broken when she signed up for Section 8 housing assistance with Reagan.

Reagan testified that he was not aware of the rules prohibiting him from renting a Section 8 house to a relative. Reagan also said he did not have time to read the fine print on the day he went with his mother-in-law to the Dallas Housing Authority so that she could sign up as a Section 8 tenant in a Red Bird area house he and his now-estranged wife owned.