Verdict Still Looms In Councilman's Trial

Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
After more than three days of deliberations, the jury in the trial of Long Beach Councilman Michael Fagen is breaking for the weekend without delivering a verdict.

The jurors were dismissed just before 3 p.m. Friday and are expected to continue deliberations Monday at Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola.

Fagen is charged with illegally collecting more than $15,000 in unemployment benefits in 2010 while he was employed by the City of Long Beach as a council member. Deliberations began Tuesday after Fagen’s attorney Marc Gann and prosecutor Marshall Trager made summations in Judge Meryl Berkowitz’s courtroom.

A Democrat, Fagen was indicted last February on charges of third-degree grand larceny, petty larceny and 38 counts of offering a false instrument for filing. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
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