Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced that an Old Westbury couple has been charged with stealing more than $33,000 in undeserved Medicaid benefits by under-reporting their income and failing to disclose that they owned their own real estate development company and two houses worth more than $3 million.
Daniel and Dalia Mairzadeh were arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 13 by DA investigators and charged with grand larceny – 3rd degree; welfare fraud – 3rd degree; and offering a false instrument for filing – 1st degree. Both defendants were arraigned in First District Court, Hempstead. They each face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Rice said that between April 1, 2004 and April 30, 2009, the Mairzadehs intentionally under-reported their personal income to the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) so that they would qualify for taxpayer-funded Medicaid benefits. During this time period, the Mairzadehs reported that Daniel was making between $405 and $633 per week as a contractor for Fundstone Developers, LLC, and submitted phony receipts for the home they claimed to rent, Rice stated.
Mairzadeh, Rice added, owned Fundstone Developers, LLC and his wife worked as a real estate agent. Her income was never reported, the DA said, and in addition, the couple owned the home they claimed to be renting and purchased a second home in 2005 for $990,000. In 2006, the couple sold the home they were living in for $1.25 million and bought a new home for $2.159 million. None of this was ever reported to DSS, Rice said.
During that time period, Rice added, the Mairzadehs stole $33,553 in Medicaid benefits for themselves and their three children, according to DSS.
“These two defendants stole from each and every taxpayer in this county and abused a system designed to help those who are truly in need,” Rice said. “My office will hold these thieves accountable and ensure that every penny they stole is returned to the people of Nassau County. I want to thank the DSS Special Investigations Unit for their investigation and referral on this case.”
Assistant District Attorney Andrew Weiss of the Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is handling the cases for the district attorney’s office. The defendants are represented by Sean Sabeti, Esq.