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Crime & Courts

July 16, 2013

Arma woman pleads guilty to defrauding federal government

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Crawford County woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding federal government programs of more than $45,000 in assistance.

Jody G. Simmons, 48, of Arma, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to a single count of theft of government funds.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas said that by her plea, Simmons admitted fraudulently receiving $45,046 from the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income program, the food stamp program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a stimulus payment made to her under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Simmons falsely reported that her husband had moved out of their residence so that his income would not disqualify her from receiving the various forms of government assistance, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Simmons will be sentenced Nov. 6. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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