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Jury Selection to Start in Councilman's Trial

Michael Fagen faces charges that he illegally collected more than $14K in unemployment benefits.

Long Beach City Councilman Michael Fagen
Long Beach City Councilman Michael Fagen

After several months of hearings and conferences, the trial for Long Beach City Councilman Michael Fagen is getting closer. Jury selection for the trial is expected to begin Tuesday, Chris Munzing, a spokespman for the Nassau County District Attroneys Office, told Patch.  

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Fagen, who was elected to a four-year term in 2009, was indicted last February on charges that he illegally collected more than $14,000 in unemployment benefits.

The D.A. charged Fagen on 38 counts of first-degree offering of a false instrument for filing, one count of third-degree grand larceny and one count of petit larceny. Fagen has pleaded not guilty.  

Last July, Justice William Donnino had attempted to coax a settlement of the case that would not involve a trial. If convicted, Fagen faces up to seven years in prison.  

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Tonto Hertzberg January 15, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Jack Given the chance, i suspect your entire family would rather live with Fagin than with a pos like you.
PB January 15, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Remember ino eminent until proven guilty!
PB January 15, 2013 at 11:14 PM
That should be innocent!
mosco January 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM
$14,000? Seriously? Thats it? Geez. It costs more than 14k for the DA's office to try him.
Jack January 16, 2013 at 07:15 PM
It would have been more than $14k if he was allowed to continue. Its great the defense team has taken to the Patch to conduct the pre trial manuveres in the hopes of poisoning the jury pool. When the facts come out it will be shocking to hear the past indiscretions, malfeasance and all around cad.

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