Above: Israel Safran
Lakewood Couple Arrested In Alleged Government Benefits Fraud
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A Lakewood, New Jersey man has been charged with stealing more than $146,000 from Medicaid and his wife was charged with stealing $2,653 from home energy assistance programs, the APP reported.
42-year-old Israel Safran was reportedly charged last week with theft by deception and two counts each of Medicaid benefits fraud and tampering with records. His 41-year-old wife Esti was charged with theft by deception.
The couple allegedly hid hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial support received from relatives and hid the income from a rental property they own.
The couple was arrested last Thursday. Israel Safran was released on $100,000 bail while his wife was released on $15,000 bail.
If convicted, Israel Safran faces as much as 10 years in prison for the theft by deception charge and up to five years in prison for each of the other charges filed against him. His wife faces as much as five years in prison.