Former Housing Director Pleads Guilty

TALLAHASSEE - The former director of the Apalachicola Housing Authority has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges.

Between June 2011 and May 2012, Salena Jo Noblit racked up more than $11,000 worth of personal debt on the housing authority's American Express. She used the card to pay for everything from food and clothes to a theme park visit.

Noblit was head of the AHA for four years before she was fired in July 2012.

According to court records, Noblit admitted she started using the AMEX to cover personal expenses in 2011, but intended to repay the money. She did so after her termination. When Noblit's husband went to AHA to pick up her personal effects on August 3, 2012, he also delivered cashier checks for approximately the $11,000 as payment for the unauthorized charges.

Noblit, who was indicted in June, was scheduled to go to trial tomorrow. She also faced 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for mid-November.