JAY STREET (AP) — Eight people have been indicted in Brooklyn on charges they falsified information on applications for government benefits, collecting over $500,000 in aid they weren’t entitled to.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced the indictments Tuesday. He said the individuals, charged in six separate cases, applied for benefits including Medicaid, housing assistance, and food stamps.
Authorities say they are accused of falsifying their applications, like not disclosing sources of income, or claiming unemployment when they had jobs.
The charges carry varied amounts of prison time as maximum penalties.