Michael Fagen faces maximum of 4 years in prison.
Beach City Councilman Michael Fagen was found guilty on charges that he
illegally collected unemployment benefits in 2010 while he was employed by the
City of Long Beach as a council member.
a week of deliberations, the jurors at Nassau County Court in Mineola on
Tuesday found Fagen guilty on 18 of 38 counts of first-degree offering a false
instrument for filing and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny, said Chris Munzing, a spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorneys Office.
jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 20 counts and the jury was
unable to reach a verdict on the top count of third-degree grand larceny,”
Munzing told Patch.
56, faces a maximum of 4 years in jail. He will be sentenced by Judge Meryl
Berkowitz on April 8.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a
statement that Fagen began receiving $405 per week in unemployment insurance
benefits from the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) in September 2009.
In November 2009, Fagen was elected to a four-year term as a Long Beach city
councilman, a full-time position, and began receiving a yearly salary of
$19,828 upon his inauguration in January 2010, Rice said.
Fagen failed to disclose his government employment to the DOL, as well as his
employment as a salesman for a hotel membership benefits company while
continuing to receive undeserved unemployment benefits, and after his
inauguration he falsely certified that he was unemployed to the DOL, according
“Elected officials are expected to put
their communities and constituents first, not look for ways to pad their
wallets at the expense of those they represent,” Rice stated. “Mr. Fagen
violated the trust of Long Beach residents.”
Fagen's term on the council expires in
November. According to the City
the governor can remove a council member in Long Beach
and the vacancy may be filled by the majority of the council.
and his attorney Marc Gann were unavailable for comments Tuesday afternoon.
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