CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — A former Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority housing manager has pleaded guilty in a federal fraud case.

Pamela McDaniel, 68, of Charleston, pleaded guilty to “tampering with a money order,” according to the US Department of Justice. Court documents say McDaniel admitted to using his position as housing manager with the CKHA to “obtain the warrant and embezzle over $28,000.

Court documents indicate that on January 10, 2018, while serving as a housing manager, McDaniel received a money order for $235 from a CKHA tenant for payment of rent. The DOJ says McDaniel admitted to adding her own name to the money order to make it look like she was an intended recipient of the payment, then depositing the money order in her personal checking account.

According to the DOJ, McDaniel admitted that she changed money orders and deposited them in her personal checking account between 2007 and 2018, embezzling a total of $28,523.30 during that time. McDaniel had worked for the CKHA since 2006.

The DOJ claims that McDaniel allegedly “compensated” some of the stolen funds by refunding some of them.

Court documents say McDaniel faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison with three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. She has already agreed to pay $17,543.92 in restitution.

McDaniel’s sentencing is scheduled for January 18, 2023.