A woman with more than $1 million in her bank account is in some hot water for allegedly defrauding Medicaid. The 37-year-old Queens, New York mother has been charged with grand larceny, falsifying her business records and welfare fraud in connection with apparently getting more than $70,000 from Medicaid over a three-year period. She allegedly told Medicaid that the money her husband earned in a month -- about $1,750 -- was not enough to make ends meet for four children and two adults. She began receiving public assistance in 2012.
But when authorities began to investigate, they found that joint bank accounts she shared with her husband allegedly showed deposits of more than $1.3 million. The woman's bail was set at $5,000 and she had to give up both her Israeli and U.S. passports. Her most serious charge could see her facing prison time of up to 15 years. Her husband declined comment
Apparently, the couple had a home owned by a relative knocked down to build a new residence and are in the midst of construction, according to building records. The woman's husband works in construction. Catherine Leahy Scott, the New York State Welfare Inspector General called the alleged fraud a misplaced sense of entitlement, adding the woman utilized benefits meant for those in true financial distress.
In fighting serious criminal charges in New York, like grand larceny, obtaining savvy legal counsel is invaluable in mounting an aggressive defense. If convicted, a person's life would be forever changed, so obtaining legal advice is important for those accused to make sure that they are fully aware of their rights. A strong defense team may enhance the chances of a reduction or dismissal of charges.
Source: nydailynews.com, "Wealthy Queens mom swindles nearly $70G from Medicaid", Kerry Burke and Reuven Blau, Jan. 25, 2018