nbcphiladelphia.com – Saudia Shuler, 44, acknowledged Tuesday that she collected Social Security disability payments for years while failing to report income that would have made her ineligible.
A North Philadelphia restaurateur who made headlines for elaborate prom send-offs that included camels and a panther, has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.
Saudia Shuler, 44, acknowledged Tuesday that she collected Social Security disability payments for years while failing to report income that would have made her ineligible, Philly.com reports.
Prosecutors said Shuler applied for benefits, describing herself as disabled and unable to work, but continued working — including operating a restaurant — costing the government more than $36,000.
Shuler threw a $25,000 Dubai-themed prom party for her son in 2017 and last year threw a “Black Panther”-themed prom send-off with an actual panther for neighborhood kids.
Defense attorney Tariq El-Shabazz cited his client’s charitable work and said she had a stroke, was in rehab and couldn’t do anything for two-plus years.
In the spring of 2017, Shuler spent $25,000 on a camel, three tons of sand and exotic cars for a massive event in her neighborhood celebrating her son’s prom.
After watching documentaries on Trump and Fyre Fest and binging the series Billions I am pleased to let you know that I’m a expert on the subject of fraud now. As a expert let me just say one of the main things you want to stay away from is….renting camels and panthers. Like come on man you’re basically spitting right in the governments face and boy oh boy they dont like that. I’m all about a good hustle but this one right here wasn’t one of them.
I will say this though…Saudia clearly knows how to throw a party.