Lakewood welfare: Half of children get assistance; families ‘panic’ after arrests|APP

 Can you even begin to imagine how quickly Black people would have been outed if we tried this kind of fraud. Some of these people lived in $300,000 homes. Now to turn the story away from the crooks, white media is talking about the “sickening” anti-semitic reactions coming from the white public.

These four women were charged with 60 felony counts for welfare fraud over $100,000. Let’s see how many charges the Lakewood fraud people get.

LAKEWOOD – Welfare is so widespread in the township that half of all children live in homes that receive some form of government aid, an Asbury Park Press analysis of census data found.

But one statistic stands out among all other municipalities in the state. There are 10,000 more children in households with married couples in Lakewood receiving food, income or state aid than the next closest town.

A child daycare center was also used to help hide one couple’s true income, according to the charges.

Using public records, federal complaints and interviews with law enforcement officials, the Asbury Park Press examined the puzzle works of the government assistance fraud charges.

More than $1 million flowed through limited-liability companies – legitimate corporations set up to hide ownership – that enlisted relatives as straw owners and used corporate bank accounts to hide money, according to the charges.

At the center of most transactions was a local beeper store that helped transfer money across the globe, the charges state. As the 14 suspects were claiming poverty on government documents, they took in hundreds of thousands of dollars in undeclared income from the front companies.

The paper trail shows the relative ease the families had in allegedly defrauding the government. In one case, authorities say a woman was able to withdraw $1.5 million from a company and deposit the money into her personal bank account while still collecting public assistance.

Federal criminal complaints against Shimon and Yocheved Nussbaum, of Hadassah Lane, and Mordechai and Rachel Sorotzkin, of Albert Avenue, detail how one couple – the Nussbaums – is accused of moving money between companies they controlled and the other – the Sorotzkins – simply failed to report their full income.

These four arrests, as well as another 10 on state charges, have sent shock waves through the township

Hundreds of residents have called local officials to ask about amnesty for public assistance fraud, and dozens have begun canceling their benefits through Ocean County Social Services, authorities said.

In a statement issued late Wednesday and signed by Rabbi Mose Zev Weisberg, the Lakewood Vaad said it was “saddened beyond words” by the arrests, but added “As firm believers in the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ we suspend judgment until the disposition of these charges, and are comforted knowing that our judicial system is an able arbiter of justice.”

Source: Lakewood welfare: Half of children get assistance; families ‘panic’ after arrests|APP

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