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Cleveland Pair charged related to public housing fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2012

 

A federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment charging Letisha Kilgore and Lumae Kilgore with conspiracy, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, theft of government funds, and making a false and fraudulent application and re-certifications to obtain and maintain subsidized Section-8 housing from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Letisha Kilgore, age 25, and Lumae Kilgore, age 55, currently reside in Cleveland, Ohio.

Through its Section-8 program, HUD provides housing, including rental payments and utility payments, to individuals who are either homeless or income-eligible individuals who are at great risk of becoming homeless.

The indictment alleges that beginning on or about October 27, 1999, and continuing to in or about July 2011, in order to obtain and maintain undocumented Section-8 HUD housing for Lumae Kilgore, Letisha Kilgore and Lumae Kilgore, conspired and presented a false and fraudulent Section-8 application and at least annual re-certifications. In each instance, Letisha Kilgore, posing as the other person, claimed she was an income eligible individual in order to obtain and maintain the HUD subsidized Section-8 housing, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal records, if any, each defendants’ role in the offenses, and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum, and in most cases, they will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Duane Deskins, following an investigation by the Office of Inspector General United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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