Former Arkansas HIV Program Administrator Gets 5 Months in Prison
June 22, 2006
The former head of the state HIV/AIDS grant program was sentenced to five months in prison and three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to a federal charge of aiding and abetting the theft of government property. Lola Thrower, a former employee of the Arkansas Health and Human Services Department, was sentenced by US District Judge Bill Wilson. The charge involves more than $10,559 in funds for HIV/AIDS services. According to the federal indictment, Thrower or her husband, Malik Blackmon, were involved in several schemes that resulted in misuse of government money. Among them was the December 2003 creation of a nonprofit called BMON, in which Thrower directed a check from an HIV/AIDS policy group that she set up to be used to pay a $10,000 invoice owed by BMON for promotional items. The indictment said $3,085 of the money went toward paying the invoice, while $5,038 was used to buy a diamond ring with a debit card linked to the BMON account. Blackmon and another co-defendant, Lamar Wright, have been accepted into a pretrial diversion program, while Lee Langston entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to three years of probation, said US Attorney Bud Cummins.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.