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Philly money launderer pleads guilty To $13M Brooklyn medical fraud scheme

Leonid Zalkind, 36, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering before Brooklyn Federal Judge Nina Gershon.

According to court documents, from 2010 to 2012, Zalkind operated numerous shell companies and bank accounts through which he laundered the proceeds of health care fraud from the Brooklyn clinic Cropsey Medical Care PLLC (“Cropsey Medical”).


Grimm news: Sandy victims falling deep into debt

The economy isn’t getting any better for victims of Superstorm Sandy, who now find themselves digging out of a deep financial hole.

And it’s the government that helped push them into financial hot water, US Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) said.


Kagan asks, ‘What about X29 bus?’

Not everyone is celebrating the return of the B37 bus, it seems.

Brighton Beach residents who lost the X29 express bus when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) eliminated the bus line as a cost cutting measure three years ago, are happy for their Bay Ridge and Sunset Park neighbors getting the B37 bus back, but are also wondering when their turn will come, a City Council candidate said.


Brook-Krasny endorses Thompson for mayor

Two weeks after he was endorsed by state Sen. Diane Savino, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson has picked up his second endorsement from a major figure in Coney Island politics. Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge) stood next to Thompson on the boardwalk Tuesday morning and said he was supporting his bid for City Hall.


City Council candidate Lisyanskiy praises new program to help undocumented immigrants

Calling it a “hallmark achievement for our city,” City Council candidate John Lisyanskiy, who emigrated from the Ukraine to the United States two decades ago, praised the city’s new $18 million program to assist undocumented immigrants.


Changing Coney Island is subject of new film

Coney Island has changed quite a bit over the past few years, especially since the building of Luna Park and the Scream Zone. However, there are those who miss the old, anarchic, slightly seedy but always in-your-face Coney Island. 

Filmmaker Amy Nicholson is definitely in the latter category, as evidenced in her film “Zipper,” which will premiere on Aug. 9 at the IFC Film Center, 323 Ave. of the Americas in Manhattan.


Brooklyn-based prescription drug trafficking ring busted

State and federal officials on Wednesday announced the indictment of five members of a prescription drug trafficking ring.

A nine-month wiretap investigation revealed that ring eader Sergey Plotits established medical offices in Sheepshead Bay and other Brooklyn neighborhoods for the sole purpose of illegally collecting and distributing large quantities of highly addictive prescription medication, according to the indictment.


Patient dies at Coney Island Hospital from botched blood transfusion

An 84-year-old patient died of a faulty blood transfusion administered at Coney Island Hospital in early June, it has been discovered.

The New York Daily News reports that the patient was given the wrong blood type during a routine blood transfusion. The hospital administration said that the blood type was incorrectly labeled.


Savino endorses Thompson in mayor’s race

Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson has picked up the endorsement of state Sen. Diane Savino. And he might have Superstorm Sandy to thank for it.

Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island), whose district suffered extensive damage in the Oct. 29 hurricane, and who was flooded out of her Coney Island office by the storm, said she was impressed by a plan Thompson put forth to prepare for the next weather emergency the city faces.


Brighton Beach ambulette firm pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Wednesday announced the conviction of Majestic Transportation, Inc., an ambulette company located in Brighton Beach, for illegally subcontracting Medicaid ambulette services to a company that never enrolled in the New York State Medicaid program, a practice prohibited by state law. 

Majestic pleaded guilty in Kings County Supreme Court to a felony Grand Larceny charge and agreed to repay the more than $560,000 it had illegally received.



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