Former Pierce County public housing executive, Cova Campbell pleads guilty to multi-million-dollar embezzlement scheme
Stole nearly $7 million using fake invoices and false wire transfers
Tacoma (STL.News) A former Pierce County Housing Authority executive pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with her scheme to steal nearly $7 million, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. According to the plea agreement, between March 2016 and July 2019, COVA CAMPBELL, aka Cova Hunter, used a variety of schemes to divert $6.9 in public money to her own bank accounts. CAMPBELL faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan on April 8, 2021.
According to records filed in the case, CAMPBELL initiated wire transfers of as much as $500,000 from Pierce County Housing Authority accounts to her own bank accounts. One of the transfers was in connection with the purchase of land in Oklahoma. CAMBELL also prepared and submitted false invoices to PCHA and made them appear they were from an outside vendor. PCHA paid the invoices, and the money went into CAMPBELL’s bank accounts. CAMPBELL covered up her fraud by labeling these fraudulent charges as “investments,” “insurance,” or “maintenance” in the PCHA accounting records.