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Nonprofit manager sentenced for fraud scheme

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A Brooklyn Park resident and former Twin Cities nonprofit manager has been sentenced to prison for fraud and false statements.

Clarissa Lynn Combs, 49, was sentenced to 71 months in prison after conspiring to commit both wire fraud and making a false statement. She originally plead guilty back in December of 2019 and was sentenced today in front of US Attorney Erica H. MacDonald.

MacDonald claimed that Combs was committing fraud for years at the nonprofit she managed. Combs siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from vulnerable populations. She was the manager of an affordable housing nonprofit that also helped the homeless. It is said that Combs stole at least $684,081.90 in charitable money.

Combs was able to steal money for so long as she persuaded colleagues to pretend to be landlords or clients. Twelve defendants in total have plead guilty in connection to this case.

Combs was also charged for making false statements. When questioned by Special Agents and the FBI, she tried to downplay her scheme and lied about her involvement.

Those who worked on the case involved the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, the Office of the Inspector General, and the US Postal Inspection Service alongside the FBI.

Other names of those who were charged with this scheme include Shaneka Lashay Mzee, Leteaste Henry-Davis, Sharre Ophilia Rush, Aisha Lenee Davis, Jalonda Leeann Combs, Rachael Elizabeth Ekholm, Bridgit Yvette Michaud, Audrey Sebiletta Heath, Aishia Renee Bell, Anthony Jerome Oliver, Neal Burton, and Tyrone Lamar Burton.

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