Long Beach Woman Among 9 Charged in Welfare Fraud Sweep

Charged with felony counts related to the theft of $25,000 in Medicaid benefits.

A Long Beach woman was one of nine people charged with stealing more than $282,000 in bogus Medicaid benefits.

Noemi Perdomo, 48, was arrested and charged with second-degree grand larceny, second-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing on Dec. 6, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Friday.

Rice said that between January 2004 and October 2010, Perdomo stole more than $98,000 in undeserved Medicaid benefits by claiming a weekly family income of $800 to $1,000. Perdomo failed to disclose the income from her husband’s landscaping business, her husband’s purchase of two houses in Florida, and annual deposits into personal accounts of between $84,000 and $221,000.

Perdomo is due back in court Feb.6. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.

The other people arrested in the sweep were Byung Jun, 42, and Myung Hee Jun, 43, of Plainview; Shahrzad Mahgerefteh, 41, and Josef Mahgerefteh, 47, of Great Neck; Jie Lin, 34, and Feng Lin, 41, of Seaford; Heng Ping Lin, 44, and Hui Lan Chen Lin, 46, of Farmingdale.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said the sweep was the result of joint investigations by the D.A’s Public Assistance Fraud Unit and the Nassau County Department of Social Services Special Investigations Unit.

Since 2007, the District Attorney’s Office has uncovered more than $3.4 million in stolen benefits and returned more than $2.1 million to the taxpayer, Rice said.

“Medicaid is designed to provide much-needed healthcare to our society’s most vulnerable members, not to criminals who think nothing of placing their financial burdens on the backs of the taxpayer,” said Rice in a statement, adding her office "will continue to find and arrest the scam artists who plague these essential programs."

Tisizele December 19, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Lloyd, prison is the biggest business in America. The good ol days, depending on who u are. For some free labor was a tool. Many ppl worked and didn't get paid. Wish u were around then because u would have been a great abolitionist. Ppl worked hard some might say like a slave and didn't get paid, or got under paid. Good ol days for who? There are a diverse ppl on welfare. Some really do need help. So stop being so selfish and u Mr good ol days give some one a job. The correct wages. Since ur so concerned
Brendan December 19, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Couldn't agree more, Joel. Well said.
john December 19, 2011 at 09:17 PM
i don't mind helping the people that really need it......they should start drug testing people like they do in florida in order to get your money.
Tisizele December 19, 2011 at 10:52 PM
No they shouldn't be tested that's insulting. Every doesn't do drugs. If that be the case banks should do drug test on ppl that want to take loans, car dealers should do it for ppl leasing cars student loans etc. Society has to Stop trying to make ppl feel less than. Were all human and we all need to get along and respect. Go after the criminals that know how to really get over on the gov't. Corporations! The top dogs. The banks! Insurance Companies, doctors, political parties etc. these ppl wrk, degrees, education smart ppl with terrible scams
Tisizele December 19, 2011 at 10:54 PM
No they shouldn't be tested that's insulting. Every doesn't do drugs. If that be the case banks should do drug test on ppl that want to take loans, car dealers should do it for ppl leasing cars student loans etc. Society has to Stop trying to make ppl feel less than. Were all human and we all need to get along and respect. Go after the criminals that know how to really get over on the gov't. Corporations! The top dogs. The banks! Insurance Companies, doctors, political parties etc. these ppl wrk, degrees, education smart ppl with terrible scams
laocoon December 19, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Insulting? Now we're worried about insulting these suck-offs of society? Maybe insulting a few of them will drive them to get off their dead a**es and actually get jobs! What kind of self respect does a beggar or Slave of the State have? They can't be insulted. If they had any self respect they wouldn't be begging for Government crumbs.
Vera December 20, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Insulting? i have to take a drug test to be gainfully employed so that i can pay taxes which allows people collecting benefits to get a check. As far as I'm concerned, they can pee in a cup right along with me. I have no problem giving those in need a hand-up but i resent career system abusers who collect checks or public benefits and are a drain on the system. If someone has money for drugs, they don't need public assistance - its all a matter of priorities.
Vera December 20, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Its quite simple - if they don't want to be insulted then don't collect benefit. Florida got this one right for a change.
Tisizele December 20, 2011 at 02:51 AM
Lloyd December 20, 2011 at 03:22 AM
Yeah. Its an insult to us working people who have to pay for our groceries with cash, credit or debit cards, while those freeloaders are grabbing up half the store with their EBT cards...or whatever their welfare cards are called these days. And I see them drive away in a much more luxurious car than mine. The housekeepers, nannies, gardeners and handymen that I know all work off the books and collect some hefty government benefits on the side. Its eady pickins for them because they look and sound needy to those at the welfare office. And they all get help from liberal organizations to fill out all the necessary forms.
Tisizele December 20, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Laughing out loud. U have money and you're not happy. You work hard and still envious for more. SMH. YOU WORK HARD, AND APPEAR UNHAPPY. I DON'T KNOW YOU TO EVEN GET ANGRY. IF WORKING HARD IS SO REWARDING FOR ALL OF YOU, DO IT WITH JOY. STOP YOUR CONDEMNATION. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THATS WHAT AMERICA DOES. IF YOU're SO ANGRY LEAVE, GO TO A COUNTRY THAT IS DESOLATE. ONE THAT DOESN'T CARE IF IT'S CITIZENS LIVES OR DIE. WHERE IS YOUR LOVE FOR MAN KIND? life is the best teacher. So now that you have sown your seed. May you enjoy your harvest. A harvest of lack. A harvest of I need help! Turn off your stereotypes. Sherlocks Holmes. Get a clue because one day it could be you
Brendan December 20, 2011 at 02:06 PM
The real United States Of America is the one that expanded westward, leaving a trail of failures and dead people all the way from here to California. Some people got rich and some people got nothing. THAT is the United States Of America that I love. The one you want will never accomplish anything as wonderful as Manifest Destiny again because the weight of freeloaders and losers like yourself are around her neck.
Kathy December 20, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Disgusting is that you dont even know the woman and your judging.....
Kathy December 20, 2011 at 02:48 PM
medicaid comes from tax payers and those are the ppl that deserve to get these services, if she a tax payer she deserves to get these services, This country is so wrong bc they are willing to give section 8 and other public assistance to those who don't even attempt to work and they live off theses services for years. How about they investigate those people that for years have lived off these serves and still have not got their shit together ...
Misty December 20, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Kathy, I do know her, so I feel I can comment. Why didn't she use that money to get her kid's teeth fixed? Selfish is what she is.
delete me December 20, 2011 at 03:11 PM
I hate all of you for wasting 3 minutes of my life reading these responses.
Kathy December 20, 2011 at 03:37 PM
well i know her too, and if you knew about insurances you would also know that medicaid does not pay for braces.
Kathy December 20, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Obviously you dont know her well enough to know her life.
Tisizele December 20, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Tisizele December 20, 2011 at 10:19 PM
archie bells December 20, 2011 at 11:21 PM
manifest destiny,the murder,rape,of a whole race of people that were here for 100's of years before us,forced labor that made the rich get richer at the expense of human life,anybody that was of a different color was expendable that MANIFEST DESTINY,solid idea
Margaret December 21, 2011 at 12:32 AM
You have to be joking.... Many people get drug tested in order to get hired and then keep their jobs and then our hard earned tax money goes to all of these people on welfare but THEY shouldn't have to be drug tested? That is ridiculous. It's not about making people feel "less than", or inferior- it's to make sure that the money I earn and which I have been drug tested to even have the opportunity to earn is going to somone who is using the money to help themselves and not buy drugs. If you want to "assume" they don't do drugs, we all know what happens when you assume.
Margaret December 21, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Umm just by the comments and I have to ask-are you one of those people receiving these benefits and in order to keep them, you can't be drug tested because then yu would lose them? I am not sure if you passed 10th grade US history- this was never the intention for the United States. The need for welfare was great in the 1930's during the Great Depression for the elderly and disabled (including children). Before the Great Depression, community charities helped the poor and needy. In 1996 Clinton passed "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act". After this passed, millions of people left the welfare rolls (a 60% drop overall), employment rose, and the child poverty rate was reduced. On an aside, I don't work to support other people. I will give assistance as long as I can assure that it's going to good use. If the people can't pass a drug test, then they shouldn't get my money.
Tisizele December 21, 2011 at 07:53 AM
Archie bells what are you saying?
Bill Bennett December 21, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Misty & Kathy, I don't want to judge Noemi so I read you both know her. Is it true that deposit $84.000 - $221.000 into their personal accounts and, two houses in Florida?
liz December 23, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Just turn them in we all know of a few baby momma no dad but he's working and lives with pill popping women who gets all this cash to buy drugs lady next door to them is hooker prostitute let's men abuse her daughter school called cps. Sick women. Free money for drugs kids suffer family of pill heads.drug test and home visits more people can report them its over for trash like them
liz December 23, 2011 at 03:04 PM
What kind of mother takes pills drugs while pregnant ! Not embarrassed all three are pill dopes cps. Didn't scare her trash
liz December 23, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Wheresssssss denny
liz December 23, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Love to know where she is. Anyone know her I hope its not up east end. Some say west end. By school?
Lloyd December 25, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Some of these posts are very hard to read. How about inserting a period at the end of your sentence, and capitalizing the first letter of a sentence? Maybe separating your thoughts with a comma would help too. You know who you are, but on second thought, if you recognized all your mistakes, could you even correct them? How about a ruling.....No welfare for drug users or high school dropouts. Maybe that would encouage a few to at least finish school before they start having babies or using crack.


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