Former ECHO Housing Director Sentenced to 2 Years of Probation

Former ECHO Housing Director Stephanie TenBarge was sentenced in court on Tuesday.

Posted: Mar 16, 2021 3:26 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2021 5:33 PM

The sentencing of former ECHO Housing Executive Director Stephanie TenBarge took place in United States District Court on Tuesday.

TenBarge was sentenced to two years of probation on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Richard Young.

Additionally, she was ordered to pay $90,513.95 in restitution to Echo Housing Corporation.

Chris Metz, current Executive Director at ECHO Housing called Tuesday's sentencing a "final closure to an unfortunate chapter" in the organization's history.

"We are grateful to see this matter resolved," Metz continued. "Our organization continues to build upon the improvements and successes of the past three years on behalf of our clients and supporters."

TenBarge previously worked as the Executive Director at Echo Housing Corporation, where she embezzled more than $102,000 of funds over a three-year period from the organization which received federal, state, and local tax dollars.

According to the United States Department of Justice, from January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2017, TenBarge embezzled funds from ECHO Housing Corporation by making unauthorized payments to herself and issuing unauthorized payroll checks to herself.

In addition, TenBarge used ECHO funds to pay property taxes for her personal residence, pay individuals to perform maintenance inside her home and the surrounding property, and purchase a heat pump for her home, the DoJ said.

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