As a state housing official, LaToya Cotton was supposed to help some of the poorest people in Washtenaw County obtain federal rent aid. But investigators say that over 10 years, Cotton, 45, stole the identities of dozens of people and used the information to divert more than $1 million in housing vouchers for her own use, according to the Detroit Free Press.
An FBI affidavit described how Cotton allegedly used her position with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to siphon personal information, generating housing vouchers that were sent directly to a bogus account she created. “This case is Robin Hood in reverse,” Stejskal said Friday. “She was living in a mansion and there were low-income people on a Section 8 waiting list.” Neither Cotton nor her attorney, Tim McDaniel, could be reached for comment, but according to the court documents Cotton has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of theft. Under that agreement, she would be sentenced to between 37 and 46 months in prison.