14 arrested in New Jersey welfare fraud investigation

Fourteen people have been apprehended in police raids over 2 days in Lakewood, New Jersey, about an ongoing investigation, which has up to now exposed roughly $2 million in purported public-assistance fraudulent activity in the town.

On Tuesday night, six people were arrested in Lakewood, New Jersey, a community of roughly 101,000, almost 38 miles southeast of Trenton, the state capital. These arrests follow the state and federal raids of four residences and Monday’s arrests of four people on charges of $1.3 million theft in public assistance over the past couple of years.

Lakewood is New Jersey’s fastest-growing town and earlier this year exceeded 100,000 inhabitants. In the Census figures, 32 percent of people in this town live in poverty. The fast population growth of Lakewood is due to a flourishing Orthodox Jewish community.

All the six people arrested faced a charge of second-degree theft by deception, a state offense, based on a prepared statement from the Prosecutor’s Office in Ocean County.

The six individuals are accused of defrauding the government of just above $670, 000, as stated by the office of the prosecutor.

Those arrested on Tuesday were William and Faigy Friedman; Yitzchok and Sora Kanarek; and Chaim and Liatt Ehrman.

The Kanareks unlawfully amassed $339,002.56 in federal housing funds, nutrition aid, Medicaid and Social Security funds, as stated by the office of the prosecutor. The Friedmans collected $14,842.28 in housing funds, food, Medicaid and energy and the Ehrmans amassed $185,692.22 in Sandy relief funds, nutrition aid, Medicaid and utility assistance, as stated by the office of the prosecutor.

The former rabbi of Oros Yisroel was Yitzchok Kanarek. Oros Yisroel  was a school for special-needs students and closed in 2015 due to state and federal tax liens of over $295,000, based on public records.

On Monday, June 26, 2017, Shimon and Yocheved Nussbaum were arrested in Lakewood, New Jersey, about a public-assistance fraud scheme. Their apprehension was part of a bigger operation, led by New Jersey and federal authorities, which led to six more arrests that day.

Those arrested on Tuesday are accused of under-reporting their incomes during a period of many years to amass public-assistance benefits they were not eligible to get.

On Monday, a renowned rabbi, Zalmen Sorotzkin, who operates the synagogue Congregation Lutzk together with businesses associated with the synagogue, was detained. Included in Monday’s arrest is Tzipporah, who is Sorotzkin’s wife; Sorotzkin’s sister-in-law and brother Rachel Sorotzkin and Mordechai; Shimon and Yocheved Nussbaum; and Mordechai and Jocheved Breskin. The Nussbaums and Mordechai and Rachel Sorotzkin are facing federal charges in United States District Court.

Others are the Breskins, who are charged with second-degree theft by fraud for supposedly amassing $585,662 in public assistance benefits they were not eligible to, the prosecutor stated in the statement.

Zalmen and Tzipporah Sorotzkin are facing similar charges for allegedly amassing $338, 642 in Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, Medicaid and Section 8 housing subsidies, as stated by the prosecutor’s office.

Rachel Sorotzkin and the Nussbaums and Mordechai face separate counts of plotting to steal government funds, as shown by a statement from the office of the United States Attorney. Each of the conspiracy counts carries a maximum possible penalty of up to 5 years behind bars and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gain from the crime.

The investigation into the alleged offense started public-assistance around 3 years back and currently, makes up various state and federal law enforcement agencies. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Social Security Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Jersey Treasury Department and the state comptroller’s Medicaid Fraud Division all have been investigating.

This 18 Year-Old Girl Has Saved Almost $100,000 By Herself!

How much have you got hidden away in your savings account? A few dollars? Us too. It’s not much, is it? Sure, we all try to save for a rainy day. But it’s not always very easy, is it…?

There are always new bars and restaurants to try and new sneakers to buy. Saving your money can be tricky with just so many tempting things to spend your money on.

How long do you think it’d take you to save up, say, $85,000? Decades, right? If you could even manage it at all. But what if we told you that you could? And to prove it, you only need to say hello to Miss Robin Bri and listen to her story. She’s saved up that much. And – get this – she’s only EIGHTEEN years of age!

That’s right. She’s not a trust fund kid, either. Her family aren’t rich. Sure, the Bris live in the pretty affluent city of San Francisco, but Robin’s parents are just everyday types. There’s no money in the family. Which makes her incredible achievement all the more amazing.

“What motivates me is having grown up in a family that was unable to provide for all the needs of three children,” Robin says. “At age eight I started cat sitting and dog walking for my neighbors. Earning money made me realize the value of it; it would last longer than if it was just given to me.”
“Also at eight, I stopped asking my parents for money and started providing for myself. When I turned ten I started babysitting for my neighbors and a few years later I had a clientele list of four families. I had to keep track of my hours and sent out monthly bills to the families. This experience is what prompted me to get into the world of finance and business.”
Babysitting, house sitting, working as a waitress, dog walking… Robin can turn her hand to anything. She’s still at school (studying business, of course, and loving it) and keeps on top of her work there, but she still finds time to put in anywhere up to 30 hours a week on the side.

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She also keeps her expenses low and invests in smart options, like when she plays the credit card rewards game shrewdly. But mostly? The secret to Robin’s success is just hard work and determination.

It really does seem as though she has a true understanding for money and it’s true worth, though.

“Earning money made me realize the value of it,” Robin says about her fantastic achievement. “It would last longer than if it was just given to me.”

“I saw how my parents’ choices impacted them,” she goes on. “And I told myself that I needed to do the opposite. I probably sleep five to six hours a night. I was born into this lifestyle, and I have to use it to my advantage.”

And she certainly seems to have done just that. She’s got a cool $85k+ sitting in the bank and she’s still a teenager.. That’s pretty impressive, isn’t it?

If she keeps earning and saving at this rate, she’ll be a millionaire in her thirties.

We wonder if she’d take another job on… Only we think she’d make a damn fine Financial Consultant!


Philando Castile’s Death Revealed

The shocking footage that shows Philando Castile being shot several times by a Minnesota police officer is now open to the public, days after the cop’s acquittal.

The video clip originated from a camera in the squad car of Police Officer, Jeronimo Yanez who was acquitted of a possible charge of manslaughter and other charges by a mainly white jury.

The 32-year-old father was shot last July by the cop as he sat in his vehicle pulled over at the side of the road in St Anthony, Minnesota, and afterward passed away.

Castile’s girlfriend live streamed the footage of the aftermath on Facebook, which showed Castile bleeding after being shot.

The Philando Castile’s death footage, which was released, reveals what took place in the critical seconds before the fatal shooting and lays bare the way he fired his gun within a few seconds of Castile saying that he had a gun in his possession.

Without hesitation, Reynolds drew his own gun and directed it Castile’s car before firing his first round as the black father of a 4-year-old daughter sat in the back seat.

The squad car video shows a broad view of the traffic stop and what happened next, with the camera directed towards the victim’s car.

It catches the conversation between Yanez, who is Latino and the two men, firing into the car. What took place inside the vehicle cannot be seen.

The footage shows Yanez following Castile’s vehicle, then pulling it over before he is seen getting close to the vehicle and requesting a driver’s license and documentation of insurance.

Castile, an elementary school cafeteria employee, had a license to carry the gun.

Before the 32-year-old finishes that sentence, Yanez is seen holding his weapon and pulls it out of the holster. Yanez asks Castile not to reach for it then, a shouting is heard yelling, and Yanez yells ‘Don’t remove the gun’ before firing seven shots into the vehicle.

Castile’s body is tossed to the right after being shot once. Officer Joseph Kauser, who is Yanez’s backup, can be seen positioned on the passenger side of the car, leaping back and retreating the moment the shots were fired.

Soon after the Philando Castile’s death, Yanez can be seen with his weapon drawn for some time while standing at the car window.

Reynolds’ daughter aged 4 begins to get out of the vehicle and is grabbed by a cop. The footage then shows help arriving at the scene of the fatal shooting.

Reynolds is asked to get out of the vehicle by officers. Yanez is led away while cops remove Castile from the car and start CPR.

After his acquittal, protests started and run for days, which included one in St. Paul that attracted lots of people and shut down Interstate 94 for several hours.

After the verdict, multitudes gathered at the nearby state Capitol to protest and started a march that organizers stated was going to the St. Paul Cathedral.

Had Yanez been convicted, he would have faced ten years behind bars, although sentencing guidelines show around 4 years might have been more probable.

Also, Yanez faced two lesser counts of endangering the lives of the other two occupants in the car by firing his weapon. Yanez was acquitted on all counts.

Philando Castile’s death was one among the many people fatally shot by cops last year.