Coralville Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Defrauding Government
DAVENPORT, Iowa — On Thursday, November 12, 2020, United States District Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Walkesha Shavon Jamison, age 41, of Coralville to fifteen months in prison for Concealment of Events Affecting Benefits, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Following her prison term, Jamison was ordered to serve three years of supervised release, pay $161,627.76 to the Commissioner of Social Security and $31,727.64 to the Iowa City Housing Authority in restitution, as well as pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.
This investigation began in 2017 when the Social Security Administration (SSA) learned Jamison obtained employment in 2015, which she failed to report while she was receiving government benefits. This employment information, coupled with a psychiatric analysis, was inconsistent with Jamison’s reports of disability to SSA. An investigation concluded Jamison fraudulently obtained the diagnoses upon which her benefits were premised and SSA officially terminated the benefits in 2018. Further, Jamison obtained benefits from the Iowa City Housing Authority, which were funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Jamison obtained these benefits partially as a result of her fraudulent SSA disability claim and through other false statements. In total, the loss amount to these federal programs attributed to Jamison was $193,355.40.
This matter was investigated by the Social Security Administration. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
Rachel J. Scherle