North Philly mom known for lavish prom sendoff charged with fraud

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A North Philadelphia woman, who gained notoriety for spending $25,000 on a lavish prom sendoff for her son, has been charged with allegedly defrauding the Social Security Administration.

Saudia Shuler, 44, was indicted for allegedly collecting nearly $37,000 in disability benefits while continuing to work and running her own restaurant, according to the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania.

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Shuler has been charged with six counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds and two counts of social security fraud.

If convicted, Shuler faces a maximum sentence of 140 years’ incarceration, a period of supervised release and full restitution to the government.

Shuler went viral in 2017 after throwing an expensive Dubai-themed prom sendoff for her son that featured live animals, exotic cars and three tons of sand. 

This past winter, Shuler also hosted a holiday-themed block party where hundreds of people showed up to get in the holiday spirit. 

In 2018, Shuler 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.

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