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Guyanese couple charged for NYC welfare fraud

first_imgA 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.last_img read more

Mission foes finish in draw

first_imgLA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge and Louisville of Woodland Hills might have played to a scoreless draw Wednesday night, but there weren’t any empty feelings being expressed by either team. In a showdown for first place in the Mission League, both girls’ soccer teams were able to leave St. Francis High’s Friedman Field the same way they arrived – without a loss. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “It’s a good league and it’s good competition. It’s fun to play good teams like (Louisville),” Flintridge Sacred Heart co-coach Frank Pace said. “They play really good defense and they collapse well and they don’t give you a lot of opportunities. They’re a dangerous team … they scrap for every ball, so you have to be alert all the time.” That persistence created two quality scoring opportunities for the Royals in the second half, the first coming when Gina Piazza’s header sailed just over the crossbar in the 50th minute. Fifteen minutes later, Lindsey Minter was denied by Flintridge Sacred Heart goalkeeper Brianna Hodge on a point-blank shot inside 10 yards after receiving a well-placed crossing pass from Leslie Gomez. But with Carrie Clarizio, Mackenzie Kerin and Heather Slattery anchoring Louisville’s defense in front of freshman goalkeeper Katherine Amano – who recorded her ninth shutout – Flintridge Sacred Heart could only create a pair of chances for itself in the second half. Elise Franklin’s crossing pass in the 59th minute found Pip Harrigan near the back post, but Clarizio was able to redirect the freshman’s shot away from Amano. Heather Riley had one of the Tologs’ few open looks at the goal in the 72nd minute, but her shot from 20 yards in with eight minutes left sailed just over the crossbar. Franklin contributed to an equally impressive defensive effort by Flintridge Sacred Heart, with Angie Torres, Stefanie Chan and Lauren Bustos also contributing the Tologs’ ninth shutout. “Getting out of here with a tie is big time,” said Louisville coach Jose Perez, whose team extended its unbeaten streak to nine games. “That’s a great team over there (in Flintridge Sacred Heart). Both teams had their chances to score and both goalies made great saves. It was a good game to watch.” Flintridge Sacred Heart (12-2-2, 1-0-2) – ranked seventh by the Daily News – controlled the flow of play in the first half, producing three of its six corner kicks in a seven-minute stretch. But No. 5 Louisville (7-3-6, 3-0-1) withstood the pressure, before regrouping to create a handful of quality chances for itself in the final 40 minutes. center_img “You cherish any point you can get in this league,” said Pace, whose team plays at four-time defending league champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City on Saturday. “It’s a 10-game marathon, not a sprint. You have to have gas left in the tank at the end.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more