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Continued: Despite fraud, North Oaks woman could avoid prison

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 29, 2013 - 9:36 PM

She failed to disclose that she and her husband owned a house in Louisiana that they had listed for sale at $278,000, that she held at least 16 bank accounts while he had 68 bank accounts, and that their combined interest income in 2006 was $183,000, prosecutors said.

Her husband also owned a farm in Batavia, Iowa, that consisted of 180 acres of timber and farmland where corn and soybeans grew, with an income in 2005 of $187,910 that included $19,000 in state and federal agricultural payments.

The documents state that Cynthia Hood was purportedly unaware that for three years, they also received Medicaid payments from Louisiana for their children, thereby defrauding both Minnesota and Louisiana at the same time.

The medical payments Hood received in Minnesota included more than $20,000 per year in salary to serve as a personal attendant for her children and $30,000 for a wheelchair-accessible elevator installed in the Hoods’ North Oaks home.

Joseph Daly, emeritus professor of law at Hamline University, said in an interview that he thinks Judge Ericksen will agree to no prison time for Cynthia Wood, “not because she doesn’t deserve prison, but solely because of the children.”

 

Randy Furst • 612-673-4224

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