United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2009 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe DIRECT: (409) 981-7902 CELL: (409) 553-9881
TWO TEXAS WOMEN GUILTY OF MAIL FRAUD
MARSHALL, TX -- U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that two East Texas women have pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges in the Eastern District of Texas.
ANNIE JEAN ROGERS, 29, of Pittsburg, Texas, and SHANEKA LASHA BAKER-ADAMS, 24, of Longview, Texas, both pleaded guilty to mail fraud today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham, IV.
According to information presented in court, the defendants devised 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. The defendants each 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, defendants received unemployment benefits to which they were 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.
Rogers and Baker-Adams each face up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. Sentencing dates have not been set.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Office of Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.
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