Former JCCEO executive director sentenced to 2 years in prison

BIRMIGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Gayle Cunningham, the former executive director of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity, was sentenced to 24 months in prison Wednesday, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

Cunningham and her daughter Kelli E. Caulfield admitted in August of 2013 to stealing almost $500,000 dollars from JCCEO. Cunningham was the director of the non-profit for more than 20 years before resigning from the job in March 2013.

Cunningham and her daughter were charged with theft and fraud in August; she and her daughter signed agreements with the government to plead guilty to the charges against them.

Caulfield was sentenced in January to 36 months probation and ordered to pay $253,499.65 in restitution, which she paid in full.

The FBI discovered that Cunningham was using stolen money from JCCEO to make payments on private homes during their mortgage fraud investigation.

Cunningham was ordered to pay restitution, which she paid in full before the sentencing.

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