Feds: 68-year-old woman operated cake business while on total disability

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on July 19, 2013 at 8:17 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Federal investigators have filed a criminal complaint against a 68-year-old San Antonio woman, claiming she knowingly received disability payments while operating a cake business.

Maria Perez faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Perez allegedly continued to fill out federal documents for disability while serving as a baker for Veronica's Cakery from 2006 to 2012, according to a  federal criminal complaint claim .

Perez has been on total disability since November 1995.

The complaint also indicated that  Perez operated the business out of her home in recent years; she even sold cakes to undercover agents from the Department of Labor and the Office of the Inspector General.

Perez told KENS 5 she plans to fight the charge, but declined to discuss the case any further.

Calls and emails to her attorney, Clark Adams, were not returned.

Business records indicated the business had been run out of a suite inside the Wonderland of the Americas Mall until 2007.

The mall's director of marketing said the tenants moved out after they said they could not longer afford rent.

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