Brooklyn DA: 8 Indicted In Welfare, Medicaid Fraud Cases

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Prosecutors say eight people have been indicted in separate cases of welfare and Medicaid fraud.

LISTEN: WCBS880’s Irene Cornell reports

Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes said the largest individual theft is charged against 58-year-old Mohammed Irshad Chaudhry. Hynes says Chaudhry collected $150,000 in benefits for himself, his wife and five children by claiming to have no resources.

“In his application for Medicaid benefits, he claimed he was employed as a worker in an auto repair shop with an income of $350 a week,” said Hynes. “In fact, he was the CEO of Super Punjab Auto Repair and Body Shop.”

Hynes says Chaudhry also owned a Pakistani tea shop, a sweets house on Coney Island Avenue, a gas station and rental property and a taxi cab and medallion which brought in as much as $8,000 a month.

Chaudhry faces welfare fraud, grand larceny and other charges.

Prosecutors say seven other people were also indicted Tuesday on other unrelated medicare and welfare fraud cases.

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