A Philadelphia mother who bragged on social media about the elaborate prom parties she would throw for her son has now been charged with defrauding the government of welfare and social security benefits.
Saudia Shuler of Philadelphia reportedly collected $37,000 from the government, claiming she was disabled and could not work. She claimed she could not even cook for herself. In reality, however, she was operating her own restaurant called Country Cookin’ and throwing lavish prom parties for her son.
Shuler made little effort to conceal the ridiculous parties – she posted pictures of them on social media. One party featured a “Dubai” theme and included a camel, three different dates for her son, and a cake in the shape of the Quran, representing her son’s religion.
Another party, held this year, featured a “Black Panther” theme – with an actual black panther for neighborhood kids to see.
She now faces multiple federal charges, including wire fraud, theft of government funds, and Social Security fraud. If she receives the maximum sentence, she could serve 140 years in prison.
‘There’s evidence she defrauded the government and no matter who you are the government brings charges,’ Beth Leahy, Deputy Chief of Health Care Fraud, explained to ABC 6.
Leahy added that the woman claimed to be disabled as far back 2014. But she was found to have still operated her eatery.
Her lawyer, Tariq El-Shabazz, asserted that the allegations weren’t true.
‘Ms. Shuler suffered from a stroke and as a result of that she was in rehab and unable to do anything for two-plus years around the same time she was allegedly perpetrating this particular fraud,’ he said.
Shuler threw a $25,000 Dubai-themed prom party for her son – Johnny Eden Jr. – last year.
The pre-prom party on June 2, 2017, in Philadelphia included a live Arabian camel, a rented Lamborghini, Range Rover and Rolls Royce, three tons of sand, and three dates all wearing custom designed gowns costing $1,500 each and Giuseppe Zanotti, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent shoes at $1,000 to $1,400 per pair.
Pictures Shuler posted to social media showcased the three dates her son had for the party.
Not to mention the three Styles By Chey custom-made outfits for the lucky teen.
At the time, the mother told the New York Post: ‘He struggled a lot when I was sick. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t go to the bathroom on my own. He had to go through all that and still go to school. And I said, “If I make it through this, I’m going to make his prom the best.”‘
This year, she threw a ‘Black Panther’-themed prom send-off with an actual panther for neighborhood kids. She said the party cost was in the six figures.
The “Black Panther” party, held earlier this year, may end up being Shuler’s last hurrah before prison.
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