A joint investigation between a state agency and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office culminated in criminal charges against a pair of Lakewood residents who collectively received more than $150,000 in state benefits to which they were not entitled.
Yosaf Laskin, 43, and his wife Gila Neger, 42, both of Lakewood, are charged with theft by feception. Neger is charged with a third degree crime while Laskin faces a second degree charge.
The investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from the NJ State Comptroller’s Office, alleges Laskin failed to indicate accurate income information on applications made by him for Medicaid benefits. Prosecutors say he and his family received unlawful benefits in excess of $145,000. Gila Neger’s charges stem from failing to provide accurate income information in regard to applications for food stamp assistance, ultimately receiving benefits for herself and her family in excess of $5,500.
The couple was arrested Tuesday at approximately 7:30 a.m. at their South Lake Shore Drive home without incident, officials said. Bail was set by the Superior Court Judge Wendel Daniels at $75,000 cash for Laskin and $5,000 cash for Neger.