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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Omaha Woman Sentenced for Social Security Fraud and Theft of U.S. Government Money and Property

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on June 19, 2014, United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Shawna Faith Rene Stokes of Omaha, Nebraska, age 35, to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment, following her conviction for Social Security Fraud and Theft of U.S. Government Money and Property.  Ms. Stokes was also ordered to serve a three year term of supervised release after serving her prison term and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  She was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $38,989.00.

During the period of March, 2010, through May, 2012, Ms. Stokes received approximately $38,989.00 in Social Security Administration and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits which were to be used for care and support of her minor children.  However, Ms. Stokes was not using the benefits for the children’s care and support, but rather used the benefits for personal and unauthorized purposes.  

This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.

Updated January 29, 2015