United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas
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|THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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BALCH SPRINGS WOMAN GUILTY OF MAIL FRAUD
MARSHALL, TX - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 37-year-old Balch Springs, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges in the Eastern District of Texas.
KIMILA DENESE JONES pleaded guilty to mail fraud today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Chad Everingham, IV.
According to information presented in court, Jones was involved in a scheme to defraud and obtain money, specifically unemployment insurance benefits, from the Texas Workforce Commission in the Camp County area by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses and representations. Jones admitted to filing a claim for unemployment benefits using a fictitious last employers name and address, and false dates of employment and termination. As a result, Jones received unemployment benefits to which she was not entitled. Texas' unemployment insurance program is administered on behalf of the federal government by state workforce agencies in each state, including the Texas Workforce Commission.
A federal indictment was returned by the grand jury on May 6, 2009, charging 12 individuals with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Jones faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.
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