A Queens, New York City, couple has been charged for stealing nearly US$92,000 in welfare food stamps and healthcare benefits by concealing income the couple earned through employment.The arrest of the husband and wife was announced by New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Queens County District Attorney Richard A Brown.Dhaneshwar Sukhdeo, 42; and Samantha Sukhdeo, 46; of Lefferts Boulevard, were each arrested and charged with grand larceny in the second degree, welfare fraud in the second degree, conspiracy in the fourth degree and 12 counts each of falsifying business records in the first degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, all felonies.The charges alleged that the couple falsified applications for public assistance benefits enabling them to receive $16,132 in food stamp benefits and $75,864 in Medicaid coverage to which they were not entitled.“Through a brazen fraud, these defendants concealed their employment income so they could steal taxpayer-funded public benefits to which they were not entitled,” Inspector General Leahy Scott said in a release to the media.“I will continue to use all of the resources at my disposal to protect the integrity of the public benefits system for those who are truly in the most need of financial assistance,” she added.Meanwhile, District Attorney Brown pointed out that, “Food stamps and Medicaid benefits are intended to help the truly needy. The defendants in this case, however, are alleged to have taken advantage of the system by downplaying their income to collect assistance – making all taxpayers victims of their con.”According to reports, investigations by Inspector General Leahy Scott found that between 2009 to 2016, the Sukhdeos fraudulently obtained $91,996 in welfare benefits to which they were not entitled by repeatedly submitting documents falsifying and concealing their household income when applying for food stamps (also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme, or SNAP) and Medicaid coverage.Medicaid is a joint federal-state programme that provides health coverage for low-income and at-risk individuals. In repeated applications and recertifications for the benefits, the Sukhdeos listed no employment income for Dhaneshwar Sukhdeo, who was indeed receiving income as an electrical contractor.Altogether, the Sukhdeos received $75,864.74 in Medicaid and $16,132 in food stamps to which they were not entitled.The Sukhdeos were both arraigned on the charges in Queens Criminal Court last month and released on their own recognisance pending their reappearance in court on June 12.
Mitchel Brooks IV, co-founder of the Urbane Group, (Courtesy Photo)While D.C. has its fair share of party promotion companies, the Urbane Lifestyle and Entertainment Group does more than promote. “We offer marketing services to a lot of corporate organizations and non-profit organizations,” Mitchel Brooks IV, told the AFRO.So it’s not just about getting people into a club and packing them in like sardines, he continued, “We look to direct the event and advocate for our clients whether they’re more social or social justice [driven].“Organizations such as the National Bar Association, for example, have come to us to curate a [Congressional Black Caucus] event. They came to us for campaign marketing, collateral, graphic design, website creation and outreach.”Not only does the Urbane Group focus on producing events for clients, but creating a memorable environment for guests. “Oftentimes, folks in Washington, D.C. – especially these highly educated, upwardly mobile professionals – go out to stand around. They get too concerned or caught up in who’s there and who will see them,” he said. “But I strongly believe you get a vibe and overall feeling when you walk into one of our projects compared to when you walk into any random happy hour or night life event on a Thursday night. We’ve had customers and brands that tell us they feel a difference. They’re able to let loose and have fun.”Brooks co-founded the entertainment and marketing company while studying to receive his MBA at Florida A&M University. “I really wanted to create unique experiences that were missing from the marketplace in Tallahassee,” he said.The company’s first event took place at FAMU’s homecoming in 2009. After graduation, he relocated to D.C. With a team of 26 people, the company expanded to Houston, Chicago, Charlotte, St. Louis, and Miami.“Folks know that when we’re producing a project, it’s going to be as one of a kind and authentic as humanly possible, and I think that’s what folks have come to appreciate about our brand in D.C.”For more information, visit urbaneworldwide.com.
Image Credit; techinaisa Advertisement Uber China has finally heeded to this saying;”If you cannot beat them, then join them”Chinese ride sharing company Didi Chuxing is merging with Uber China under a $35 billion deal that will see the rivals — worth $28 billion and $7 billion, respectively — join forces.The truce brings to an end a bruising battle between the two companies for leadership in China’s fast-growing ride-hailing market. Uber has been spending at least $1 billion a year to gain ground in China, while Didi offered its own subsidies to drivers and riders to build its business. – Advertisement – Didi will buy Uber’s brand, business and data in the country, the Chinese company said in a statement. Uber Technologies and Uber China’s other shareholders, including search giant Baidu Inc., will receive a 20 percent economic stake in the combined company. Didi founder Cheng Wei and Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick will join each other’s boards.Last year,Didi invested $100 million in Lyft, Uber’s main rival in the US. It also formed an alliance with Lyft, India’s ride service Ola, and Southeast Asia’s ride sharing startup Grab in an effort to compete with Uber’s global dominance.According to Didi, it conducts more than 11 million rides each day, controlling 87 percent of the Chinese ride sharing market. It surpassed 1 billion rides in 2015, six times more than Uber China[http://www.bloomberg.com/]