Rolls and Mercedes in the driveway
Kings County District Attorney's Office
Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar on Thursday announced the indictment of Hasime Lika aka Hasime Lolovic, 34, for allegedly collecting Medicaid benefits that she was ineligible for.
She was charged with Welfare Fraud, Grand Larceny, Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Petit Larceny. If convicted, Lika faces a maximum of seven years in prison.
According to the indictment, Hasime Lika applied for and received Medicaid benefits from 2006 through 2011 for herself and her children using her maiden name, Hasime Lolovic. On the applications, she claimed to be living in a Williamsburg apartment and stated that she was being supported by a friend.
In reality, her common-law husband, Bill Lika, a well-known landlord and father of her children, owns at least 14 residential apartment buildings and had assets of over $5 million between 2008 and 2010. In addition, the defendant and her husband live in a $2.4 million mansion on Todt Hill in Staten Island with a three-car garage and a large swimming pool.
Investigators also found three luxury cars in their driveway including a Rolls Royce and a Mercedes Benz. In 2010, the couple also purchased a rental property in Williamsburg for $630,000.
The indictment charges that when the defendant first applied for Medicaid in 2006, she did not disclose her relationship with Lika nor her income or any other assets. The investigation found that she had $35,000 in her checking account at the time, which she did not reveal to the Human Resources Administration.
She continued to recertify her Medicaid applications every year from 2006 through 2012, and each time, she claimed to have no income or financial assets.
According to the indictment, during this period, HRA paid out $47,494.63 to Lika in benefits for her and her children.