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Galit Levi and her husband.
By Forum Staff
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by the New York State Welfare Inspector General Catherine LeahyScott, have announced that a 37-year-old Jamaica, Queens, mother has been charged with grand larceny, welfare fraud and other crimes for lying on a Medicaid application and renewal forms in order to receive benefits for herself and her four children between January 2012 and December 2015.
As a result of this scheme, the defendant bilked the system out of nearly $70,000.
District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant in this case is alleged to have gamed the system for her own financial gain for years… this defendant’s bank records allegedly show her family’s income was well above the levels that would have made her and her children eligible for assistance…The defendant is now facing serious prison time.”
Inspector General Scott reffered to the defendants actions as “a breathtakingly misplaced sense of entitlement by reaping a very comfortable family income while utilizing benefits meant for those in need to cover her expenses, as if she were in dire financial distress.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Galit Levi, 37, of 82nd Avenue in Jamaica. She was arraigned this morning before Queens Criminal Court Judge Karen Gopee on a complaint charging her with second-degree grand larceny, second-degree welfare fraud, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Judge Gopee set bail at $5,000 and ordered the defendant to surrender her US and Israeli passports and to return to court on February 13, 2018.
If convicted, the defendant faces up to 15 years in prison.
The defendant allegedly submitted a falsified application and several renewals for Medicaid assistance. Between January 2012 and December 2015, Levi claimed she was unemployed and that her husband earned approximately $1,750 per month. As a result, the defendant and her four children were approved for assistance. However, a review of the bank account records for Levi and her husband allegedly revealed that the couple had deposits from 2012 through 2016 exceeding $1.13 million. Medicaid benefits for the defendant and her four children totaled in excess of $67,000.