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Published on June 19, 2024
Amarillo City Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $465K from Homeless ProgramSource: Google Street View

An Amarillo city employee has admitted to a scheme that siphoned away nearly half a million dollars from a homeless assistance program. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Amy Dixon, 44, pleaded guilty to embezzling funds designated to provide shelter for the homeless.

Dixon, the city's former Homeless Management Information Specialist, was tasked with liaising between the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program and local landlords to facilitate housing for those in need. Her plea papers showed a corrupt turn where she exploited the system by creating a fake landlord, effectively stealing from funds intended to aid some of the most vulnerable members of the Amarillo community. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Field Office – Amarillo Resident Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development – Office of Inspector General pursued the investigation into Dixon's fraudulent activities.

The deception unraveled into 223 fraudulent payment vouchers, amounting to 66 checks directed to non-existent landlords and properties, a total loss of $465,511.65. The intricacies of Dixon’s crime were detailed in her plea, with fraudulent transactions dating back to September 2020. She deftly bypassed checks and balances, depositing the ill-gotten money into her bank account.

Now, as Dixon faces up to five years in federal prison, the case remains a cautionary tale of the implications of financial fraud within public systems. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Frausto is tasked with prosecuting what appears to be a straightforward case of embezzlement and breach of public trust. Dixon's sentencing is yet to be scheduled, and her actions leave behind a trail of bureaucratic and humanitarian debris, echoing in the lives of those who were meant to receive the funds she pilfered.