Thank You for Pointing Out that you you can't be trusted to tell the truth by accurately represent the facts. Even when they're in plain sight for everyone to see.Now, allow me to expand upon the parts of the report that you intentionally omitted:Schemes Lead to Arrests of New York City Social Services Supervisor and 11 others in $1.5 Million Public Benefits Theft.
Thank you for pointing out that the 30 who committed fraud are not managers, executives and the working middle class. Thank you for pointing out that other counties are prosecuting welfare fraud.
In December 2015, Cherisse Watson-Jackson, a top supervisor at the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), and 12 others were arrested as part of an alleged criminal ring that stole more than $1.5 million in public assistance benefits. The investigation revealed that Watson and her associates defrauded HRA through a series of complex schemes that involved public assistance payments to fraudulent landlords and the purchase of mass quantities of Red Bull energy drink using single-issuance emergency grant funds.
The arrest followed a joint investigation by OWIG, the New York City Department of Investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and the Page | 6
Federal Bureau of Investigation. Watson-Jackson, an Associate Job Opportunity Specialist II, managed the supervisors of HRA employees that review and determine eligibility for public assistance funding. Watson-Jackson allegedly used her position at HRA to improperly approve payments to individuals who were otherwise ineligible for benefits.
The investigation revealed that Watson-Jackson used her supervisory position to deposit fraudulent single-issuance “emergency grants” — that are intended only for persons with a documented urgent need — onto the EBT cards of hundreds of welfare recipients recruited by her accomplices. Watson-Jackson’s accomplices then used several of the EBT cards containing the emergency grants at wholesale club stores to purchase approximately $120,000 worth of Red Bull energy drink that they sold to various bodegas for cash.
The investigation further revealed that Watson-Jackson’s accomplices recruited individuals to fraudulently pose as landlords who owned rental properties that housed public assistance tenants. Watson-Jackson allegedly used her supervisory position at HRA to authorize “rental arrears” payments — known as “One Shot Deals” — to these false landlords to cover back rent owed by phantom tenants. The fraudulent landlords cashed the rental assistance checks and shared in the proceeds with Watson-Jackson and her other accomplices, one of whom worked at a check cashing store in Brooklyn and allegedly facilitated many of the transactions.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York charged all of the co-defendants with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Watson-Jackson, Maurice Cromwell, Derrick Williams, Corey Brock, Gerard Stokes, Yessenia Depena, and Kevin Williams were also charged with aggravated identity theft. The allegations against each defendant are summarized below:
• Cherisse Watson-Jackson is accused of using her position as an HRA supervisor to fraudulently direct more than $1.5 million in public benefits funding to both the EBT and fraudulent landlords rental arrears payment schemes.
• Maurice Cromwell is accused of receiving and cashing at least 83 rental arrears “One Shot Deal” checks – worth more than $72,500 – at a Brooklyn check cashing store. More than 100 other checks worth an additional $75,000 were sent to his home address but were then cashed by others.
• Isaac Allen is accused of receiving approximately $9,444 in fraudulent single-issuance deposits on his EBT card and with recruiting others to participate in the EBT scheme.
• Derrick Williams is accused of receiving more than $12,500 in fraudulent single- issuance deposits on his EBT card, as well as receiving 82 fraudulent rental arrears checks worth nearly $62,000.
• Corey Brock is accused of receiving more than $8,500 in fraudulent single-issuance deposits on his EBT card.
• Gerard Stokes is accused of receiving nearly $5,000 in fraudulent single-issuance deposits on his EBT card. Stokes is also accused of using his wholesale club shopping account to make purchases using EBT cards that were not issued in his name. In total, he allegedly purchased nearly $120,000 worth of Red Bull energy drink at wholesale clubs.
• Jaron Annunziata is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing 16 rental arrears checks worth nearly $11,500 as well as receiving nearly $5,000 in fraudulent single issuances on his EBT card.
• Kevin Williams is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing 96 rental arrears checks worth nearly $84,000. Of the checks he cashed, 57 were issued in his name and 39 were issued to others, none of whom were actual landlords.
• Vernecka Petersen is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing or depositing 43 rental arrears checks worth more than $31,000. She also allegedly received other checks through the mail that she turned over to another individual.
• Yesenia Depena is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by using her position as an employee at a Brooklyn check cashing store to process and cash at least 221 checks worth nearly $187,500.
• Beverly Lord is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing 38 rental arrears checks worth more than $27,500.
• Beverly Franklin is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing 15 rental arrears checks worth nearly $13,000. She is accused of receiving additional checks through the mail that she turned over to another individual.The fact that one county MAY over the period of one year have a lower rate of such frauds, in no way negates the fact that nationally, the US fraud rate for ALL public assistance programs COMBINED, accounts for far LESS than 2% of all cases.
If you were at all sincere about taxpayer liability for fraud, you'd be speaking up against the many, well-established sources of REAL fraud, such as off-shore tax havens, capital gains taxes and corporate welfare. Now we're talking about 100s of Xs the cost to taxpayers.
Figures don't lie, but liars can figure... and apparently they can rationalize, as well.