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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JUNE 24, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC WOMAN INDICTED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD,

THEFT OF HUD, FOOD STAMP BENEFITS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., woman was indicted by a federal grand jury today for Social Security fraud and for receiving housing and food stamp benefits for which she was not eligible.


            Patricia Ann Foreman, 50, of Kansas City, was charged in a four-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s superseding indictment replaces an Oct. 2, 2007, federal indictment that contained only the Social Security charges.


            The federal indictment alleges that Foreman fraudulently obtained approximately $42,506 in Supplemental Security Income benefits, Section 8 housing benefits and food stamp benefits that she was not entitled to receive. According to the indictment, Foreman and Ringling Dan Cohn have been living together since 1989 and holding themselves out to the world as husband and wife even though they have not been married in a formal marriage ceremony. Foreman falsely represented to government agencies that she lived alone, the indictment says, and did not report Cohn’s income and other income and assets.


            The indictment alleges that Foreman paid $35,000 in cash to purchase a new Chrysler 300 in January 2005, and that she frequented four different Kansas City area casinos between January 2003 and September 2005, with recorded combined gambling winnings of approximately $20,112 and losses of approximately $87,104. Between Dec. 30, 2003, and Jan. 14, 2005, the indictment says, Foreman received and cashed nine checks in various amounts totaling $27,900, and received a cash gift of $11,000. Foreman concealed that income and assets, the indictment alleges, while obtaining benefits intended for those who are indigent or have low incomes.


            Foreman is charged with one count of Social Security fraud and one count of stealing government money related to approximately $3,093 in Supplemental Security Income benefits that she fraudulently received. Foreman is also charged with one count of stealing government money related to approximately $35,654 in low-income housing benefits that she fraudulently received, and one count of stealing government money related to $3,759 in food stamp benefits that she fraudulently received.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gene Porter. It was investigated by the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of Inspector General, the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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