State employee accused of stealing public assistance benefits - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

State employee accused of stealing public assistance benefits

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Cordova man has been arrested and indicted in connection with a scheme to defraud the state and federal governments out of more than $150,000 in public assistance benefits.

Kemoh Sulimani, 44, was arrested at his home on Saturday.  Officials believe Sulimani, who was an eligibility counselor for the Tennessee Department of Human Services in Shelby County, may have created dozens of fictitious cases that allowed him to embezzle from government assistance programs.

"Any time a government employee is accused of these types of crimes, it shakes the public’s confidence," DHS Commissioner Gina Lodge said in a statement.  "We work diligently to assure the integrity of our programs and assure the public trust.  It angers us when one of our own may be involved in cheating the system."

Sulimani, a native of Sierra Leone who holds dual citizenship, is being held on $500,000 at the Shelby County Jail.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and investigators from the Department of Human Services said anyone who suspects fraud or abuse of DHS programs, should call the DHS Investigations Unit at 1-800-241-2629.

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