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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Former Apartment ManagerSentenced For Theft Of Federal Housing Funds

KANSAS CITY, KAN. A former Kansas City, Kan., apartment manager has been sentenced to 54 months in prison for theft of Section 8 housing program funds, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. In addition, she was ordered to pay more than $303,000 in restitution.

Mary Amador, 28, formerly of Kansas City, Kan., who worked as an assistant property manager at Terrace Pointe Apartments, 641 S. 71st Terrace in Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced Monday. She pleaded guilty to 40 counts as charged, including theft of public money, aggravated identity theft and making false statements.

In her plea, Amador admitted a federal investigation revealed that numerous residents of Terrace Pointe were foreign citizens who were in the United States unlawfully. In exchange for bribes, Amador accepted counterfeit citizenship documents and falsely reported to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that the tenants were eligible to receive Section 8 housing subsidies.

Co-defendants include:
Martin Ramirez, who was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay more than $21,000 restitution.
Brenda R. Aguirre-Rodriguez, who was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution.
Ruben A. Solorio-Guzman, who was sentenced to time served and ordered to play more than $22,000 in restitution.
Rosa Isela Limas-Caldera, who was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay more than $20,000 restitution.
Araceli Ramirez, who was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay more than $22,000 in restitution.
Karla Herrera-Morales, who is set for sentencing Dec. 2.
Candelaria Morales, who was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay more than $17,000 restitution.
Estela Cervantez, who was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay more than $5,000 restitution.
Karina Soto-Lopez, who was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay more than $5,000 restitution.

Grissom commended Housing Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt for their work on the case.