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Indictment Unsealed Charging Fraud
In Section 8 Housing Program in Kansas City, Kan.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Feb. 14, 2012

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – In an indictment unsealed here today, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said 11 persons have been charged with theft of Section 8 housing program funds, paid as rent subsidy at the Terrace Pointe Apartment Complex in Kansas City, Kansas.

Mary Amador, 26, formerly of Kansas City, Kan., is charged with 30 counts of theft of public funds, nine counts of making false statements on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Mary Esther Guzman, 53, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.
Martin Ramirez, 32, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.
Brenda R. Aguirre-Rodriguez, 30, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.
Ruben A. Solorio-Guzman, 31, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.
Rosa Isela Limas-Caldera, 26, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.
Arceli Ramirez, 40, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.
Karla Herrera-Morales, 28, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.
Candelaria Morales, 29, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.
Estela Cervantez, 31, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.
Karina Soto-Lopez, 26, an illegal alien, is charged with three counts of theft of public money and one count of making a false statement on paperwork to establish tenant eligibility.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Theft of public money: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years consecutive to sentences on other counts and a fine up to $250,000.
Making a false statement: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by Housing and Urban Development - Office of Inspector General, United States Secret Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Service and Wyandotte County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct

 

 

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