Zurik: Alternatives Living officer gets prison sentence

Facebook photo shows Ada Craige-Roberson and Rickey Roberson inside the Red Fish Grill, April...
Facebook photo shows Ada Craige-Roberson and Rickey Roberson inside the Red Fish Grill, April 8, 2012.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The subject of a Lee Zurik Investigation faces time in a federal prison.

Rickey Roberson of New Orleans, the chief financial officer of Alternatives Living, was sentenced to a 13-month prison sentence Wednesday, according to federal prosecutors. It's part of a plea agreement reached in September.

U.S. District Judge Karl Engelhardt also ordered "restitution in the amount of $84,308, three years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment," according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney's office. "In addition, Roberson will be placed on home detention with ankle monitoring for six months once released from prison."

Roberson's nonprofit was the focus of a FOX 8 investigation, Living Large, showed how Roberson and his wife, Ada Craige-Roberson, spent tens of thousands of federal dollars meant for the less fortunate on pricey personal expenses.

Alternatives Living received federal funds in the form of Community Development Block Grants, and had a mission of providing affordable housing to older residents, homeless families and people with mental health conditions.

But the feds say the group violated regulations including prohibitions on "the use of CDBG funds for entertainment purposes (i.e., social activities and tickets to shows and sporting events), fundraising, personal tuition costs, and costs of goods or services for personal use."

You can get caught up on our Living Large series by clicking here.

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