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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Police: MD woman illegally collected $66k in government handouts

OLNEY, Md. (ABC7) – She claimed to be a destitute single mother of four children, but police allege it was an illegal ruse used to collect tens of thousands of dollars in government handouts.

Sharon Douglas, 40, of Olney, is now facing criminal charges of theft between $10,000 and $100,000, theft scheme between $10,000 and $100,000 and knowingly making a false statement to collect housing assistance.

According to Montgomery County Police, Douglas knowingly submitted inaccurate paperwork to the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County in 2014.

Based on that application, Douglas received a housing subsidy of $1727 per month between May of 2014 and May of 2017, totaling $66,439. All of the funds, investigators say, came directly from finite taxpayer coffers.



Anonymous said...

This is no surprise. Fraud is rampant. They need to look at all the others that are committing the same fraud...housing, electric assistance, food stamps - especially local. Maryland is all about helping folks that do NOT want to work but shun folks that do and are TRYING to get DECENT employment and wages that will allow even maintaining a residence. God forbid you be 60 or older with exceptional work ethic! Eastern Shore living USED to be's gone to hell now...sad.

Anonymous said...

$1700 dollars A MONTH? Holy cow. Just think of how many get this and how many months/years they have been getting this. Now you know why we are going broke.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if she will get a deal like the Bidden girl did?

Anonymous said...

That's just one out of HOW MANY!

Anonymous said...

We (me and you) aren't going broke.
At least I'm not going broke.

The US Government is going broke.

You and I are not the US Government.
It is an illegal criminal enterprise that wages bankers' wars everywhere on the planet to steal natural resources and enclave people.

Anonymous said...

I meant "We" as a nation are going broke. If the government has their way they will take everything will have worked for so they can give it to those that don't want to work.

Anonymous said...

OK, she faces up to 33 years in prison. We the tax payers will still be paying for her.

Anonymous said...

She'll get off and won't be able to collect in Maryland anymore. So she'll move to another state and collect there! YES, THIS does happen!

Anonymous said...

Does this surprise anyone? A total, total overhaul of the system needs to happen. There are soooo many people doing this very same thing, just haven't been caught or they are better liars than her. Totally makes me sick.