OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Tuesday morning, a former Ride On bus driver was sentenced in a theft scheme case in a Montgomery County courtroom, according to the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.
In December, police said Bernadette Hall was charged with two counts of forgery of private documents, theft scheme $1,000 to under $10,000, theft $1,000 to under $10,000, theft: less than $1,000 value, and making a false statement for the purpose of influencing a housing agency.
Police told us that last November an officer received information that Hall, a recipient of low income housing subsidies from the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County, appeared to be misrepresenting her income in order to get a housing subsidy. When the officer checked with HOC regarding Hall's employment and income, he discovered that Hall fraudulently misrepresented her income to HOC, said police.
Police said the officer discovered Hall altered two paychecks in 2012, to make it look like she was paid less than she actually received from her job. Due to the alteration, Hall received an additional $2,629 in rent subsidies, according to police.
Hall, who is from Olney, was arrested on the strength of a warrant on December 21, 2012.
Tuesday, Hall was sentenced to 6 years in prison with all but 18 months suspended, says the state's attorney's office. Hall pleaded guilty to theft-scheme and False Statement to Housing Assistance. After her prison time, she will be placed on 18 months of probation, according to authorities. She will also have to pay more than $3,000 to the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission and $716 to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.
Authorities say Hall had eight previous convictions.