Omaha Woman Sentenced For Her Role In NE AIDS Project Scandal

An Omaha woman has been sentenced to probation and restitution for her role in defrauding the government out of money under the guise of the Nebraska AIDS Project.

Chief US District Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced 35-year-old Tamika Payne to five years probation, including six months of location monitoring. Along with the probation, Payne was ordered to pay back $141,091.18 to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human services.

According to the US Attorney's office, Payne was a co-conspirator of Jason Armstrong.

Armstrong was a case manager for the Nebraska AIDS Project where he was tasked with addressing the needs of Nebraska clients living with HIV/AIDS.

Armstrong's job was to link them with resources that included housing assistance.

Armstrong, working with Payne, submitted applications for housing benefits that were paid out by the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

The applications were fake in some instances, because they were not submitted for people who were clients of the Nebraska AIDS Project.

In other instances, names of actual clients were submitted, without the client's knowledge or permission.

The government would cut a check, which was split between Armstrong and Payne.

Payne's role was to sign the landlord certifications, which should have been signed by an actual landlord where actual clients were supposed to be living.

During the scheme, approximately $141,091.18 was paid out, according to the US Attorney.

Armstrong was sentenced in March to 2 years in federal prison and was also ordered to pay restitution; the same amount as Payne.

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