诈骗福利 纽约州民主党众议员 Pamela Harris 被 FBI 逮捕

NY Assemblywoman Pamela Harris Indicted On Fraud, Witness Tampering Charges

Published on Jan 9, 2018

The democrat pleaded not guilty and was released on bail Tuesday evening.

Brooklyn pol charged with using funds for lavish trips, lingerie

Published on Jan 9, 2018

Amid the post-Hurricane Sandy rubble of Breezy Point and the 24 dead bodies on Staten Island, Pamela Harris — who would later become a state assemblywoman — turned a profit on New York’s pain.

As Coney Island neighbors and the rest of the city struggled with the massive 2012 devastation, Harris lined her pockets with cash meant to aid the hurricane’s newly homeless, a federal indictment charges.

Harris spent $10,000 on vacations, including a cruise ship getaway, and shopped at Victoria’s Secret with her dirty money, authorities charged Tuesday.

And she allegedly urged witnesses to lie to the FBI in a failed cover-up of her crimes.

“Harris was busy brewing a storm of her own — one that resulted in her receiving significant payouts by the very federal agency charged with helping those truly in need,” said FBI New York field office head William Sweeney Jr.

Harris looted some $60,000 in state and federal funds in several scams, including Federal Emergency Management Agency money for “temporary housing assistance” after the hurricane, officials charged.

But her Coney Island residence was intact, with officials charging that Harris looted nearly $25,000 from FEMA by filing phony paperwork to cover the cost of a “rental” home and pocketing the cash.

She was freed on $150,000 bond Tuesday afternoon, hours after her morning arrest for allegedly looting government funds between 2012 and 2016.
“Ms. Harris has been an invaluable community organizer and a well-regarded legislator,” said a statement from her attorneys. “Especially given her background, we are disappointed that Ms. Harris was indicted.

“She has pleaded not guilty, and we look forward to her day in court and an opportunity there to present the full facts.”

Harris, 57, is a former correction officer and previously served as head of a Coney Island non-profit. She was accused of stealing $34,000 in cash provided by the City Council to pay rent for her group.

She stepped down as head of the Coney Island Generation Gap, a training and mentoring group, in November 2015 when she was elected to the Assembly in a special election. She was reelected the next year.

Harris, who appeared poised and professional in a black pants suit and heels, is due back in court on Tuesday. She left court without comment, climbing into a blue sports car with plates reading “MYBIGDAD.”

She later marched past a reporter at the Coney Island house without saying a word.

The probe was handled jointly by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the city Department of Investigation.

“The brazen corruption charged as a result of this investigation tramples on the very definition of a public servant,” said DOI Commissioner Mark Peters.
Harris, in addition to her vacation spending, used other stolen funds to pay her lingerie tab at Victoria’s Secret and her bills at Kohl’s, along with paying off the mortgage on her Coney Island home.

After Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, Harris actually stayed in her undamaged Brooklyn


装穷诈骗福利数万 纽约州民主党众议员被FBI逮捕


辖区包括布碌仑康尼岛、戴克高地、贝瑞吉等华裔集中社区的州众议员夏佩兰(Pamela Harris),因涉嫌多宗欺诈案,9日清晨被联邦调查局(FBI)逮捕,当日下午移至纽约东区联邦法院过堂。她被控伪造文书、欺诈、篡改证词等多项罪名,一旦罪成,将面临长达数十年的监禁。


2016年当选议员后,夏佩兰再次以租用办公室名义向市议会申请到1万1400元拨款,最终同样用该笔款项用作私人用途。2012年至2014年,珊迪飓风发生后,她以康尼岛的住房被破坏,需转移至史泰登岛居住为由,向FEMA申请2万5000元救助,但实际上她却一直居住在康尼岛的住宅内,提供的租约和租金收据全部为伪造。她还向纽约市重建计画(NYC Build it Back Program)以遭遇飓风为由,为其住宅申请进行装修,但提交的文件均为伪造。




New Jersey Welfare Fraud Crackdown

Another 12 People Charged in Massive New Jersey Welfare Fraud Crackdown

Some 13 couples now face charges they defrauded welfare agencies of more than $2.4 million

Another six Lakewood, New Jersey couples were charged Wednesday with welfare fraud, bringing to 26 the number of people implicated since last week in the multimillion-dollar scandal. 

At the heart of the charges is the allegation that they all, in one way or another, failed to report or otherwise concealed significant income that would have made them ineligible for the assistance programs in which they enrolled. In total, state and federal prosecutors have said the families collected more than $2.4 million in benefits. 

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office identified those charged Wednesday as Eliezer, 33, and Elkie, 31, Sorotzkin; Samuel, 45, and Esther, 44, Serhofer; Yisroel, 37, and Rachel, 34, Merkin; Jerome Menchel, 33, and Mottel Friedman, 30; Tzvi, 35, and Estee, 34, Braun; and Moshe, 30, and Nechama, 27, Hirschmann.

They allegedly obtained nearly $400,000 in Medicaid, food and heating benefits fraudulently. It wasn't immediately clear if they had attorneys to comment on their behalf. 

The charges have shaken Lakewood, whose population tripled since 1980 as the Orthodox Jewish population there surged. The town is now one of New Jersey's largest as a result.


Among those arrested since the crackdown began are a rabbi and the former director of a religious special-needs school. 

Yitzchock and Sora Kanarek, Chaim and Liatt Ehrman, and William and Faigy Friedman were arrested late June 27.

Prosecutors say the three couples misrepresented their income and then collected more than $674,000 in benefits. Yitzchock Kanarek formerly ran Yeshiva Oros Yisroel, which catered to kids with special needs who could not be accommodated at other religious schools.

Four other couples were arrested June 26 for allegedly defrauding public assistance programs of more than $1.3 million in benefits.

Rachel and Mordechai Sorotzkin face federal charges, as do Yocheved and Shimon Nussbaum. The Sorotzkins allegedly obtained state Medicaid benefits that they did not qualify for, while the Nussbaums allegedly did the same with Medicaid, housing and food assistance benefits.

Seperately, Ocean County prosecutors filed state charges against Mordechai and Jocheved Breskin and Zalmen and Tzipporah Sorotzkin. Both couples allegedly underreported income to collect Medicaid, food, housing and Social Security benefits.

Zalmen Sorotzkin is the Rabbi of Congregation Lutzk in Lakewood.

Last weekend, vandals posted a banner containing an anti-Jewish slur on a Holocaust memorial in front of a Lakewood synagogue. A message on the covering included an ethnic slur for Jewish people and stated they "will not divide us," along with the name of a group supposedly responsible for the covering.

The action is believed to be tied to the recent arrests.


Prosecutors said Thursday that their investigation is ongoing and more charges may be filed. 

The specter of more charges has shaken Lakewood. Hundreds of residents have contacted authorities seeking amnesty or help avoiding arrest, the Asbury Park Press reported on June 29.

In addition to the hundreds seeking amnesty, dozens more people have contacted social service agencies to cancel their benefits or declare income, the paper reported, citing a law enforcement source who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

"Financial assistance programs are designed to alleviate family hardships for those truly in need. My office gave clear guidance and notice to the Lakewood community in 2015 of what is considered financial abuse of these programs. Those who choose to ignore those warnings by seeking to illegally profit on the backs of taxpayers will pay the punitive price of their actions," Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said in a June 26 statement.

Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg released a statement last Wednesday evening on behalf of The Lakewood Vaad (a council of local elders and businessmen), saying the group was "saddened beyond words by the arrests of seven couples in our town.

"There is no such a thing as 'justified' theft," Weisberg said in the statement. "To deliberately bend a safety-net eligibility rule is stealing, no different than stealing from your friend or neighbor."

Weisberg said the council would launch a set of intensive educational programs in the days ahead, and that the public will be invited to participate in the programs.

Published at 11:36 AM EDT on Jul 6, 2017

收入100多萬 詐福利被逮

沈珠妮 2017年07月07日 

被控詐領福利的被告(中),日前走出新州翠登市聯邦法庭。(美聯社)  被控詐領福利的被告(中),日前走出新州翠登市聯邦法庭。(美聯社)


在新州Lakewood市,極端正統猶太人(ultra-Orthodox Jewish)群居的社區,七對夫婦被控隱藏收入,詐領超過200萬美元的聯邦福利。






那對收入超過100萬的夫婦,被控詐領超過9萬6000美元的醫療補助,其中一筆是他們在2013年他們第六個孩子出生的2萬2000多美元的醫療補助(medicaid,白卡)。那對兩年收入180萬美元的夫婦,被逮到在2014年領了醫療補助、糧食券、社會福利金(social security)及租金補助。