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Bensalem woman charged with defrauding the government of more than $100,000 in benefits from Department of Housing and Urban Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2011

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the filing of an Information on Friday charging Ursula Ammons, 48, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, with defrauding the Department of Housing and Urban Development of approximately $105,000 in benefits.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, prosecutors allege that in September 1991, Ammons applied for and began receiving HUD-subsidized housing using a fictitious social security number and birth certificate. Over the course of the next twenty years, Ammons allegedly continually misrepresented her citizenship and earned income status and falsified employment verification forms that allowed her to remain in HUD housing even though she would not have otherwise been qualified. In total, Ammons allegedly defrauded HUD of $106,257.00 in program financing.

     If convicted, Ammons faces up to two years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, and would be required to make restitution.

     The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Prosecution has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Wesley P. Page.

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