Section 8 (housing)

Housing aid theft: Probation for bounce artist Big Freedia

Bounce entertainer Big Freedia was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $35,000 by a federal judge Thursday after admitting to bilking the federal government out of housing aid.

The 38-year-old artist pleaded guilty in March to the theft of federal Section 8 housing voucher funds and had faced up to 10 years in jail.

Attorney Vinny Mosca noted that the performer, whose given name is Freddie Ross Jr., has already made restitution of more than $34,000 and has taken steps to be a better role model, including working with Habitat for Humanity.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said he was pleased with Ross' acceptance of responsibility. He said he also was pleased...