When we read about someone committing welfare fraud it’s usually someone attempting to squeeze out some extra cash from the system, perhaps adding a few more kids to their claim, and most likely within the state they reside in, rarely do we read about someone as ambitious as welfare cheat Keashia Latriese Davis, defrauding the welfare system within 3-states.
Davis was able to defraud the food stamp system by simply stealing the identities of individuals who were eligible for the program by logging on the Zillow real estate website and then rerouting those benefits meant for those individuals, by postal service straight to her mailbox in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Davis on Thursday faced U.S. District Judge D. Price Jr. Marshall who asked her if she was sure she wanted to plead guilty to 17-counts of wire fraud, rather than roll the dice with a jury trial, Davis’s response; “Yes sir, I’m guilty”!
Apparently admitting to defrauding the government out of $262,691 between April 2015 and May 2016, rather than forcing the government the additional expense of putting on a trial, as bought her some good will and she may receive credit for pleading guilty, with perhaps a reduced sentence.
However, she still faces the potential of up to 20-years in prison, and a fine up to $250,000.
Davis was found guilty of defrauding the state of Utah, along with Louisiana out of $69,506 (where she was born), and also Texas, out of $56,185.
Judge Marshall acknowledges after Davis pleaded guilty to the charges; “There’s a long ways between zero and 20 years, it’s my decision.”
Source: Arkansas Online