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6 More Lakewood Residents Arrested in $673K Welfare Fraud

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Six more Lakewood resident arrested in an alleged welfare scam. (Photos: OCPO)
Six more Lakewood resident arrested in an alleged welfare scam. (Photos: OCPO)

Two days after eight Lakewood residents, including a rabbi, were arrested over alleged abuses of the social welfare system, six more individuals – three married couples – were charged by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, officials announced Wednesday.

The six, all members of the township’s large Orthodox Jewish community, were arrested in raids just after midnight Wednesday.

Newly charged are:

  • Yitzchock, 33, and Sora, 39, Kanarek of Brisk Lane – charged with second degree theft by deception for wrongfully collecting approximately $339,002.56 in Medicaid, SNAP, HUD, and SSI benefits between January 2009 and July 2014.
  • Chaim, 40, and Liatt, 39, Ehrman of Twin Oaks Drive – charged with second degree theft by deception for wrongfully collecting approximately $185,692.22 in Medicaid, SNAP, HEAP, and Sandy benefits between January 2011 and December 2015.
  • William, 45, and Faigy, 40, Friedman of Leigh Drive – charged with second degree theft by deception for wrongfully collecting approximately $149,842.28 in Medicaid, SNAP, HEAP, and HUD benefits between January 2011 and December 2015.
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The latest arrests come after eight residents were arrested on similar charges on Monday. Some of the original eight were reportedly millionaires, but still receiving entitlements intended to help the poor.

The nature of the criminal events investigated and basic charges allege that the defendants misrepresented their income, declaring amounts that were low enough to receive the program’s benefits, when in fact their income was too high to qualify, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. 

“The investigations revealed that the defendants’ received income from numerous sources that they failed to disclose on required program applications,” he said. “As a result, they received benefits that they were not entitled to under these programs for themselves or family members.”

The Ocean County Prosecutors Office is prosecuting the arrested individuals at the state level, with help from the state comptroller’s office.

The investigation by all the participating agencies is continuing and additional arrests are forthcoming, Della Fave said.

Anyone with any information on the investigation is asked to contact Sergeant Mark Malinowski of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027. 


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  • Late Night Comedian

    The lines are going to be a lot shorter at Target and Costco.

    • Annette Marinko

      How sbout “amazing savings”?

    • KaayC

      Now THAT is funny Late, there’s hope for your career yet! The antics of these clowns in wig and rubber nose however, are not.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    Might just be the tip of the iceberg.

    • KaayC

      Uhhhhh, yeah, ya think much? All I know is I needed orthotics and the shoestore in Lakewood I was sent to by my doctor had a whole crew of women collecting baby formula, diapers and whatnot. This while these same women purchased three hundred dollar shoes! I would not spend three-hundred on shoes and I do pretty well!

  • Late Night Comedian
    • KaayC

      So it seems some of this activity extends to Israel. I am wondering if this influx of people is all from Brooklyn, or are they coming from overseas as well? If so, perhaps immigration authorities need get involved. I hope we are not going to turn into the Middle East right here in River City.

      • Mark Story Jenks

        If you look around Lakewood, really look around, you might just be convinced.

      • KaayC

        Convinced of what, Mr. Jenks?

  • Late Night Comedian

    Stop dual citizenship NOW!

  • east coast resident

    This Jewish lakewood community is following God’s command to “multiply and conquer the world”, as long as its done with someone else’s money. They have a dozen kids each couple and then, claim assistance and separate schools fr the sexes. And you know what? If they’re going to start arresting them for cheating the system, they might as well build more prisons. All of them are doing it. The most frustrating thing though is that they were crowing about ridding lakewood of the “criminal element” meaning African-Americans and Hispanics. And they are worst criminals than any other ethnic group. Our laws mean nothing to them. Only what their rabbi says

    • Late Night Comedian

      My gay math teacher was following God’s command…… “Be fruity and multiply!”

  • Albert Westpy

    Let us learn from French who have shared with the world the greatness of their culture. We have benefited from French art,cuisine, wine, composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz and so on. Many of us have been influenced by their intellectuals such as Rousseau, Proust, Sartre, and Camus but we have overlooked one of the most important figures in French history when encountering petty criminals, like these six scumbags, who steal from the poor to enhance their own coffers, politicians from both major political parties, and the American oligarchy. These are the real degenerates in our society and all should meet Madame La Guillotine.
    https://youtu.be/xHVo0hJhnK4

    • KaayC

      Lol, Very cool, Albert! Point taken.

      • Albert Westpy

        🙂 thank you !

      • Jean Matlosz Goldberg

        That is ridiculous

      • KaayC

        Nope, sorry overly Democratic approach has led to the ruination of this country. I say keep these non assimilators under lock and key, and give them their trial. If found guilty……Off with their heads!

  • Late Night Comedian

    These same low life welfare frauds are probably the same ones buying houses with Cash!

  • Jerry Alvarez

    I’m not a mean spirited person but I hope they garnish any remaining income let them feel what it is really to live with very little. Maybe then they will see why these systems are in place, not to abuse but to aid those in need.