In my day all you got was a kiss goodbye and a promise that you would take lots of photos.
Now elaborate prom send offs are all the rage. Even if you have Kylie Jenner money to throwaway, $25,000 on such an event seems mighty extravagant.
It was also a bit out of 44-year-old Saudia Shuler’s price range too. But she didn’t let that stop her.
The mom spent an eye-watering $25,000 on a Dubai-themed prom party for her son – Johnny Eden Jr. – last year.
But she now faces the wrath of the attorney’s office in Philadelphia. They announced on Tuesday that Shuler has been charged with wire fraud, theft of government funds and Social Security fraud.
She Claimed To Be Disabled
Shuler’s pre-prom blowout for her son included: a live Arabian camel, a rented Lamborghini, Range Rover and Rolls Royce and three tons of sand. The mom also splashed out on custom designed gowns costing $1,500 each. Not to mention Giuseppe Zanotti, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent shoes at $1,000 to $1,400 a pop.
At the time, Shuler told the New York Post: ‘He [Johnny] 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.”‘
To help pay for the luxuries, Shuler applied for benefits as an unable to work, disabled person. Meanwhile she opened her own restaurant called Country Cookin.’ The fraud allegedly cost the U.S tax payer close to $37,000.
‘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. ‘When asked about the quality of life she said that she couldn’t, rarely cook any meals and that her cousin cooked for her. In reality, Ms. Shuler was running a food take-out business for Country Cookin.”
Her deception could see Shuler face a spine tingling 140 years sentence, according to Fox 29. In that time she would get supervised released and have to repay the money she stole to the government.
Shuler allegedly claimed to be disabled as far back 2014.
She Rented A Real Camel And A Panther
Shuler’s lawyer, Tariq El-Shabazz, claimed the allegations against his client was untrue.
‘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.
This year, she threw a ‘Black Panther’-themed prom send-off -with an actual black panther – for the neighborhood kids in Philadelphia. She admitted the party was in the region of six figures.