Christal De’shai Guthrie

COVINGTON — The woman accused of using fake landlords to fraudulently obtain more than $400,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding has been indicted on racketeering and other changes.

Christal De’shai Guthrie, 44, is accused in connection with defrauding the county of $480,488 in ARPA funds that were intended to help area residents with rent, mortgage and utility payments. The distribution of funds was handled under a contract between the county and the Salvation Army. Guthrie was hired by the Salvation Army as a caseworker to help distribute the funding. The Salvation Army has since reimbursed the funding to the county.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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