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DA: Great Neck man stole $22K in Medicaid benefits

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A Great Neck man was arrested Monday on welfare fraud, grand larceny and other charges after and is alleged to have stolen $22,000 in Medicaid benefits by underreporting income, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said March 24.

Omid Chaman, 38, was arrested Monday after a joint investigation by the Nassau DA’s Public Assistant Fraud Unit and the Nassau County Department of Social Services’ Department of Investigations.

He was charged with third-degree welfare fraud, third-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. If convicted of the top charge, Chaman faces up to seven years in prison.

Prosecutors allege Chaman – the owner of a rug business in Manhattan – falsely reported his income to the county’s social service agency between April 2009 and July 2012. He also allegedly failed to report income from a rental property he owned, the district attorney’s office said. As a result, Chaman and his family collected $22,732 in Medicaid benefits “to which they were not entitled,” according to officials.

“Those who deceive government agencies entrusted with the proper disbursement of taxpayer-funded benefits are putting the financial future of our social safety net at risk for their own selfish ends,” Rice said. “These kinds of cases are a reminder that abuse of our benefit system will not be tolerated and that lawbreakers will be prosecuted by my office.”

At his arraignment Monday, Chamin was conditionally released to probation without bail and ordered to return to court on April 4. His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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