Friday, November 25, 2016

NYC Man Gets Pinched For Allegedly Making False Statements Used To Defraud Housing Authority Out Of $12K+ In Section 8 Rent Subsidy Benefits

In Staten Island, New York, the Staten Island Advance reports:
  • A Clifton man falsely reported he lived at a Section 8 location that led to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) paying him and his landlord more than $12,000 in benefits, police allege.

    From April 2012 to March 2013, Michael Bermel, 49, used an address on Arthur Avenue in South Beach to fill out a NYCHA lease when he actually lived at an apartment on the 1900 block of Clove Road, according to allegations in court documents.

    NYCHA relied upon that false document to provide the defendant and his landlord, Douglas Candella, rent subsidies in the amount of $12,063.64 for the apartment, the criminal complaint said.

    Bermel, of Norwood Avenue, was arrested [] and charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a felony, and falsifying business records in the first degree, the complaint said.

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