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COMMUNITY | City acquires historic Brooklake property [2]

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OPINION | Upcoming coverage of court cases [4] Ferrell fares well during state of the city address [4] BLOTTER | Church youth teacher accused of inappropriate advances [10] BUSINESS | FUSION to open new Décor Boutique next week [16]

SPORTS | Track and field preview: Eagles CALENDAR | Police, fire department FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014 | 75¢ looking to repeat state-title runs [9] annual basketball challenge [23]

AGO files fraud charges

Sisters nab two cars on ‘The Price is Right’ BY GREG ALLMAIN


The Attorney General’s Office filed felony charges on Monday in King County Superior Court against a Federal Way man the state alleges fraudulently obtained more than $15,000 from the state and federal government in three different schemes involving Medicaid, food stamps and social security. The state alleges that during 2011 through August 2012, when the Medicaid client for whom he worked passed away, Han-Bae Kim fraudulently billed Medicaid for care when the client was out of the country and after she passed away. The state also alleges Kim fraudulently used his client’s food stamp card to purchase items at Costco when she was out of the country. Kim also allegedly deposited his client’s Social Security benefits into his own bank account from June 2012 until January 2013. The Asian Counseling and Referral Service referred the case to the Attorney General’s Office via a Department of Social and Health Services provider fraud report. Prosecutors with the Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) charged Kim with one count of first-degree theft, one count of second-degree theft; one count of unlawful redemption of food stamps and one county of Medicaid false statement.


Mimy Evans (right) and her sister Tammy Tu (second from left) starred on “The Price is Right” on Thursday and took home approximately $49,000 in cash and prizes from the gameshow, including two cars. Evans and Tu were part of a siblings episode, and had their other two sisters with them that day, including Judy Tu (far left) and Emily Tu (second from right). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

ederal Way resident Mimy Evans, along with her sister Tammy Tu, were big winners on “The Price is Right,” with the duo taking home approximately $49,000 in cash and prizes from the gameshow. Evans and Tu’s episode aired Thursday and Evans said she’s looking forward to the episode so she can remember some of the details that became blurry in all the excitement of taking part in a cherished American tradition. “They hold up my name, and my sister’s name, and we start freaking out, jumping up and down,” she said. “And we realize, ‘Oh my gosh, we actually made it.’ We freak out, we go to the front, barely able to collect our thoughts.” Evans said she can’t remember what the first item they got to bid on was, but did remember they barely missed winning. She noted they were in the second half of the show, so with that first miss, they only had two more chances to make it on stage to meet Drew Carey and see where luck would take them. “The next prize was a set of four watches, and we bid and we got them. We freaked out, we go on stage, we hug Drew from both sides. And we’re jumping up and down. It was kind of a blur [ more PRICE, page 17 ]

Federal Way singer on ‘The Voice’ inspires single moms Single mom Ayesha Brooks, also known as Music Box, eliminated from show that aired on Monday BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ

Federal Way single mother Ayesha Brooks battled it out with other singers on NBC’s hit show “The Voice” this season and was finally eliminated from the second Battle Round that aired on Monday. But her purpose for being on the show was bigger than winning. “I feel like everything I do is for my son; every decision I make is for my son,” said 28-year-old Brooks of her 2-year-old son, John Alex. “The whole reason I even wanted to go on the show was to show my son what it looks like to pursue a dream. That was the biggest platform that I’ve ever had and it’s not about winning; it’s about pursuing a passion and being a voice for single parents.” Brooks — who fans know by her stage name Music Box — learned the tough lesson about

making a commitment to pursue her dreams from her own mother. When she was 12 and knew she wanted to sing for a living, Brooks was asked to sing “Oh Holy Night” at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Tukwila. But there was a bigger crowd than she expected when she got to the school. “I started crying and I just was like, ‘Mom, I do not want to go on. I am so scared. I don’t want to do it,’” Brooks recalled. “And she took me aside and she goes, ‘I know right now you’re going to hate me and you might not understand this, but you made a commitment and I’m going to make you keep it and if you don’t want to sing after this ever again, you won’t have to. But when you make a commitment, you have to do that so I’m going to teach you to overcome your fear.’” Brooks sang that night and said she’s glad she did. “Fear is really crazy how it can paralyze you and how it can make you doubt yourself and make you feel insecure,” she said. “But the second that you step outside of yourself, you realize how strong you really are and that you’re greater than fear.” It took an alter-ego to help her get past her stage fright, which she still had when she was 18.


Ayesha Brooks, known to fans as Music Box, sings during a performance on NBC’s show “The Voice”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO “I still really struggled with that stage fright and I was able to overcome it, but it was just such a big feat every single time I get on the stage until I felt like OK, I have to come up with an alter ego. I feel like a different person when I’m on stage, so I need to name that and I just [ more MUSIC BOX, page 5 ] FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED SINCE 1987 ASE TECHNICIANS NATIONWIDE TIRE WARRANTIES STATE-OF-THE-ART AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT


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Federal Way Mirror, April 11, 2014  

April 11, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Mirror, April 11, 2014  

April 11, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror