LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A former executive director of the Morgan City Housing Authority and two former employees have pleaded not guilty to charges they conspired to steal more than $500,000 in bonus payments from the agency.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley's office says 78-year-old Charles E. Spann, 64-year-old Diana L. Pace and 59-year-old Sandra L. Green entered their pleas on Wednesday.

Spann, Pace, Green and a fourth former employee, 38-year-old Tori D. Johnson, were indicted last month on theft and conspiracy charges. Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned on March 31.

Spann, now a resident of Kingsport, Tennessee, served as the housing authority's executive director from April 2007 until June 2013.


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