August 30, 2018
Texas Woman Sent to Prison for Defrauding Federal Program Intended To Improve Air Quality
On August 30, 2018, Shonda Renee Stubblefield, a.k.a. Shonda McGowan, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Houston, Texas, to 72 months’ incarceration, 36 months’ supervised release, $125,999.40 in restitution, and a $1,000 special assessment.
Stubblefield was indicted in February 2018 and charged with theft of public money, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and aggravated identity theft. According to the indictment, she defrauded the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation Air Quality and Surface Transportation Program (CMAQ) while she was the owner of World Corporation, Inc. (WCI).
CMAQ provides money to help public entities reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Stubblefield stole $125,999.40 by falsely and fraudulently representing to the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC) that WCI had hundreds of employees participating in a telework program designed to reduce air pollution.