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Senior Director of Strategic Alliances
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There is no one factor that guarantees a successful marriage. But when all things are considered, couples that have similar interests to a similar degree may tend to have a healthier relationship. For Antonio and Keturah Mixon, that common interest was fraud. Typically, relationships will shift and change over time. But hopefully that magical spark the Mixon’s have won’t be lost, because each was found guilty of defrauding government programs and will be apart for a while.

Antonio claimed that he ran the Kingdom Warriors Ministry, allegedly a nonprofit organization to help children in Battle Creek, Michigan.  He received $36,000 in grants and loans based upon the number of his purported employees. But Kingdom Warriors Ministry was never operational, never assisted children, and had no employees. Even if this wasn’t true, Antonio withdrew the money from the bank account immediately for his own personal use.

Keturah Mixon herself targeted benefit programs. She was found guilty of fraudulently receiving benefits for Social Security and Food Assistance. Both programs are meant for people experiencing economic hardships, so anyone applying for assistance must demonstrate that they financially qualify. Mixon did not qualify because she owned several parcels of real estate, ran a business, and had access to Antonio Mixon’s income (fraudulent though it may be!).  However, she concealed this information and received approximately $180,000 in funds that she did not qualify for.

Distance makes the heart grow fonder. On June 6, 2023, Antonio was sentenced to a four-month prison sentence and Keturah was sentenced to eighteen months. Marriage therapy might not hurt afterwards.

Great job by the Social Security Investigative Office with this investigation.

Today’s Fraud Of The Day is based on article “Battle Creek couple to serve prison time after defrauding more than $200K in public assistance” published by Battle Creek Enquirer on June 6, 2023

A Battle Creek couple will serve prison time after deceiving authorities and defrauding more than $200,000 from public assistance programs.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Jane Beckering sentenced Antonio and Keturah Mixon to four-month and 18-month prison terms, respectively, for defrauding a combined $216,000 from Supplemental Security Income, Food Assistance and COVID-19 relief programs. Keturah was ordered to pay $180,000 in restitution. The couple was charged with federal fraud offenses in December 2021 and pleaded guilty in January.

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