'Camel Prom Mom' is sentenced, Judge says he wanted to send a message

Cherri Gregg
May 11, 2019 - 4:00 am
Saudia Shuler poses in front of her North Philly restaurant Country Cookin'.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The North Philadelphia mother who made national headlines for her lavish prom sends off got a multi-pronged sentence this week. 

Saudia Shuler, also known as the “Camel Prom Mom,” pleaded guilty to social security fraud earlier this year.

"I am thankful for ya'll that prayed for me," Shuler wrote on social media this week to thank her 250,000 Instagram followers for their support.

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"The character witnesses that came out,” she says, “I don’t know how to thank ya'll enough."

Shuler was facing up to 10 months behind bars, after she pleaded guilty to a mail fraud and multiple counts of social security fraud.

The Philly mother had suffered a stroke and cancer, and was receiving disability benefits. However, once she recovered, Shuler never reported her income. 

Prosecutors claimed she took more than $36,000 in benefits she wasn't entitled too, but after scolding Shuler the judge ruled she would not go to prison.

"We're pleased with that; I think it's a just outcome," said Shuler’s attorney Tariq El Shabazz.

He presented eight character witnesses who spoke to the judge about Shuler's over the top generosity. With the help of dozens of sponsors, Shuler provided lavish prom send offs, book bad drives, and Christmas giveaways to kids in need.

So the judge ruled she'd do six months house arrest, 100 hours of community service, three years of probation and pay back every dime she took.

"He's allowing her to remain in the community and pay back that restitution," her attorney added.

She's already returned more than $8,000.