DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton woman will spend nearly two years in federal prison for fraudulently receiving food stamp money.

The Department of Justice said Thursday Cynthia A. Faulkner, 34, of Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining food card benefits and submitting false income tax documents.

Faulkner pleaded guilty in January to three counts of making a false document, two counts of aiding in the filing of a false income tax return and one count of misprision, or failing to report the knowledge, of a felony.

According to court documents, Faulkner made false statements on her April 2013 application to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. As part of her request to reapply for cash and food assistance, Faulkner misrepresented the cost of her rental residence in Mason, Ohio, for which she paid more than $2,000 per month.

On a similar subsequent application in 2014, Faulkner falsely reported her and her husband’s total gross income as approximately $36,000. In fact, their total gross income for that period was nearly $91,000. 

Faulkner also aided in the filing of false income tax returns by underreporting business receipts by hundreds of thousands of dollars over tax years 2011 and 2012.

Further, Faulkner had first-hand knowledge of a bank fraud scheme and failed to report it to authorities. That scheme involved Capital Group Properties and Consultants Corp of Mason and Cincinnati, Ohio, and National Appraisal Sources, LLC of Cincinnati, Ohio, which were both co-owned by Faulkner. The scheme included receiving payments for fraudulent real estate appraisals.

During her federal case, Faulkner submitted false documents to the Court in hopes of obtaining a continuance for a court hearing. In these fake documents, she informed the Court she had received a hysterectomy and provided a false patient medical discharge summary from the Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. In fact, Faulkner underwent no such surgery, according to the DOJ.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the IRS Criminal Investigation, USDA OIG and HUD OIG, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Dwight Keller, who is prosecuting the case.

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