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Midwood Husband And Wife Indicted In $100K+ Welfare Fraud

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Source: Offices of Charles Hynes

For more than six years, Rivka Baror, 51, and her husband Avraham Baror, 64, fraudulently collected $108,715.57 in Medicaid and food-stamp benefits while using phony names to hide assets, including a home and several luxury automobiles, prosecutors allege.

Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes and Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar announced the indictment of the husband and wife team for their participation in the crimes, which spanned from January 1, 2006, through June 30, 2012.

According to the defendants’ welfare application forms filed under the names Avraham Baror and Rivka Baror, the couple claimed to have minimal income and no assets, which enables them to receive food-stamp and Medicaid benefits.

However, investigators from HRA and the District Attorney’s office uncovered documents showing the defendants used aliases to maintain bank accounts and purchase property, cars and vacations.

“These defendants carried out an elaborate scheme using aliases to buy property, travel, and live the high life for years, while stealing benefits designed to help truly needy and deserving individuals,” said Hynes. “Anyone who intentionally conceals information to obtain illegal benefits will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

According to the indictment, the couple claimed that they rented their home at 1349 East 2nd Street in Brooklyn from the landlord, Avraham Bachbuth, for $1,100 a month. Allegedly, Avraham Bachbuth is an alias used by Baror.

According to property records, Avraham Bachbuth purchased the home in April 2004 with Rivka Yedidia. Like her husband, Rivka used an alias because Yedidia is actually Rivka Baror’s maiden name.

Credit card statements showed numerous purchases at restaurants, movie theaters and stores. The investigation also uncovered Department of Motor Vehicle records for a 2006, 2007 and 2008 BMW as well as a 2007 Lexus registered to Yedidia.

Further, the indictment alleges the defendants maintained several bank accounts under the names of Rivka Yedidia and Avraham Bachbuth to which they deposited $4,400 monthly.

The couple had two safe deposit boxes at two separate banks. One contained $72,700 and €1,500. They also held jewelry and a foreign passport in Avraham Baror’s name.

“This case is an egregious example of individuals who abuse New York City’s public benefit programs.  It also represents a good instance in which our Finger Imaging System photos helped us weed out Food Stamp fraud,” said Doar. “Every fraudulent dollar spent in this case, was a dollar taken away from New Yorkers truly in need of Food Stamps and Medicaid and it will not be tolerated. I would like to thank District Attorney Hynes and his team for their continuing support in the fight against public benefit fraud.”

The situation came to light after HRA investigator Thomas Toth met Rivka Yedidia at the agency’s Manhattan office in 2010.  He learned she had been coming to the office since 2009, helping individuals seeking HRA benefits fill out paperwork and prepare for interviews.

Toth became suspicious when Yedidia told him that she had paid off the mortgage on her home with the proceeds she received from a lawsuit. He suspected her knowledge of the Medicaid program was based on her own benefit receipt.

As he began to investigate, he found no records for anyone named Rivka Yedidia. He then looked up her home address and found that Rivka Baror lived there and had the same birthday as Rivka Yedidia.

Toth later confirmed that Rivka Yedidia was a food-stamp and Medicaid benefit recipient under the name of Rivka Baror using photos that showed the two individuals were the same person.

Charges against the Barors include Welfare Fraud in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.  If convicted, the defendants could face a maximum of 15 years in prison.

The defendants are expected to be arraigned today at Kings County Supreme Court, Part 10, at 320 Jay Street.

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  1. Hopefully there will be many posts today so we can push their homely, miserable gonef mugs down off the main page.

  2. too bad they got caught, but many others are doing the same, only in smaller scale. go to stop and shop and you will see 9 out of 10 use food stamp, yet they load their groceries in their Bentley, BMW, Mercedez. 

  3. Based on what we have heard over the years, it appears to be alot easier to abuse the system than it is to follow the rules.     The entire system is a “swiss-cheese” and is another fine example of a Government run “business”.

  4. Amazing how this could go on for so long without being discovered and that there are no checks and balances in the system to automatically uncover such fraud. It took a single well intentioned city civil servant doing his job everyday to become suspicious and start the ball rolling. Kudos to him and all the other civil servants who to their tedious jobs everyday unrecognized and unrewarded. I hope the system rewards him, which it probably won’t.

  5. I been out of work for 16 months and can’t get a food stamp,money,nothing and I am born in the USA,These two should teach a class…I don’t give a shit about people screwing the government,it’s not like it will change if the crooks are behind bars…I say good for everyone finding a way around the system,$75,000 in a bank is good for a few months if you have children and elderly parents to take care of.Let the boos begin

  6. Throw the book at these low lives, so sick of this crap. These are the same scum, who run in front of cars, making Brooklyn have the highest insurance in the country. 

  7. Its scammers like these two that create shortages that keep people like yourself from getting benefits. If it wasn’t for those who game the system people who are honest would find it easier to get benefits based on real needs.

  8. Son of a Bitch…..

    people like this disgust me.    Well Karma Douche Bags! Enjoy your future.

    for the record, i knew Rivka….. she was a real piece of work….

  9. you know it would absolutely seem like it, unless you actually need it. Its amazing, i have absolutely no understanding how these people got through. I know so many people who actually, really, in dire fucking shapes, and they get denied medicaid, food stamps, welfare. According to the organizations, they make too much money. They are barely paying off the bills and relying on friends and relatives for support – things like – food, clothing, necessaries of everyday life, yet they are making too much, simply because they are working, paying their taxes and are somehow able to survive. 

    Shits like those above really give a bad name to people who actually need it. I hope they pay off all the money they owe and rot in jail. But they will still get medicaid and free food in jail. so whatever. 

  10. They learned to play the game very well, and got caught teaching others.
     
    …”The situation came to light after HRA investigator Thomas Toth met Rivka Yedidia at the agency’s Manhattan office in 2010.  He learned she had been coming to the office since 2009, helping individuals seeking HRA benefits fill out paperwork and prepare for interviews.”

    Hopefully, the investigators are looking closely at all of the other people she “helped”.
    Perhaps that explains where the $72 k came from?

  11. Ya’ have to wonder what the kick back was. 
    I heard of this being done in groups through certain semi=bogus organizations in the Brighton/ Sheepshead area 15 or so years ago.Why does Abe look soooo familiar?

  12. Here’s an idea for the bureaucrats…stand at the checkout line at ANY store.  You will see the people using EBT with fur coats, diamonds, the latest fashion.  They will pull out their wallets, give the cashier the EBT card (after diving through their myriad of credit cards) ; then when they have to pay for the products not covered under EBT (which they will complain about) they will pull out a wad of bills the likes of which I will NEVER have in my possession.  Then I want the bureaucrats to follow those EBT recipients outside and take note of the car they get into.  THAT would be a BEGINNING of weeding out the scammers.  My estimate would be that at least 50% of those using EBT should NOT be receiving EBT.

  13. The only problem is that WE ARE PAYING FOR THE SYSTEM!!!!!  Frankly, I am really tired of having to pay!!!!

  14. The woman looks familiar too.

    Social workers working for some organizations were giving instructions on what to put on applications and what to leave out. I think omission is a crime. And perhaps some were telling clients to transfer their assets to other people.

  15. All our elected officials know what is going on, yet they do NOTHING to stop this abuse.  Some of the politicians suck up to these SOCIAL PARASITES.  Schumer and Cymbrowitz are two of the biggest RUSSIAN ASS KISSES and most know it

    They will help them before they will ever help someone born in or a VETERAN.  I know many people who will no longer vote for this ASS KISSERS.  They don’t deserve to be in office and live off our TAX MONEY.  Do your job or get the hell out. We don’t need politicians like you.

  16. Quick civics lecture.  Topic: separation of powers in government.

    “A Legislature is a kind of deliberative assembly with the power to pass, amend, and repeal laws.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legislature
    Senator Schumer and Assemblyman Cymbrowitz belong to this branch.

    “The Executive arm is the part of government that has sole authority and responsibility for the daily administration of the state.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_(government)
    District Attorney Hynes and Commissioner Robert Doar belong to this branch.

    “Under the doctrine of the separation of powers, the judiciary generally does not make law (that is, in a plenary fashion, which is the responsibility of the legislature) or enforce law (which is the responsibility of the executive), but rather interprets law and applies it to the facts of each case.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judiciary
    Kings County Supreme Court belongs to this branch.

    There are existing laws designed to combat crimes such as the ones described in the article, hence the charges against the defendants: Welfare Fraud in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.

    Therefore, it appears that in this case, each branch of government performed its function properly.

    Moreover, adopting more laws (the only remedy available to Sen. Schumer and Assembl. Cymbrowitz) inevitably leads to cries of “big government”, “crippling regulation”, etc.
    Also, see:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumb_laws

    Quick science lecture.  Topic: science that studies names.
    “Onomastics is the study of proper names of all kinds and the origins of names.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onomastics

    As applicable to this case:
    http://www.behindthename.com/name/rivka
    http://www.behindthename.com/name/avraham

    Evidently, not quite Russian names at all.

    Overall semester grade for @BornInTheUSA: F+ (plus for effort).

  17.  Ukrainian, Estonian, Latvian, -ian this, -ian that, they’re all the same — thieving Russians. This is part of their culture. Part of their DNA. How many times have I seen a mink wearing, jewel encrusted, non-English speaking Russian in front of me using their benefit cards instead of their AMEX? How many “Pharmacies” and “Medical Offices” can one jam into a square block? The authorities must investigate, convict and DEPORT! DEPORT! DEPORT!

  18. Ukrainian, Estonian, Latvian, -ian this, -ian that, they’re all the same
    — thieving Russians. This is part of their culture. Part of their DNA.
    How many times have I seen a mink wearing, jewel encrusted, non-English
    speaking Russian in front of me using their benefit cards instead of
    their AMEX? How many “Pharmacies” and “Medical Offices” can one jam into
    a square block? The authorities must investigate, convict and DEPORT!
    DEPORT! DEPORT!

  19. The only thing shocking about this, is that there was actually an arrest. Don’t worry a sympathetic judge will admonish them before releasing them with a slap on the wrist and the whole story will quietly disappear.

    Russians have been robbing this country blind since the iron curtain fell in 1989. Look into the property records of your neighbors and the things you will find. White Slavery is alive and well in Brooklyn too, but something that is quietly given a slap on the wrist if is ever brought to the courts. 

    I sure hope those 10,000 new IRS agents obamie hired are going to fan out across South Brooklyn and do an inventory. They could make some dent in the national debt just by opening the cash laden safety deposit boxes of these “poor” people.
    And Russian just love to tell others how to beat the system and are very proud, even offering to help others do the same. Two russians I dated gave me some schooling in scheming. I can’t date anymore of those soulless women…

  20. This is quite common
    I was told that hasid jews arent actually married by US laws and the wives are all unemployed and get welfare and free healthcare for them and their kids.  It’s the best healthcare you can get, it’s free and all doctors like it because it pays better than most insurance companies.  All that while living in their mansions in Brooklyn and popping out 6 kids a family.

    Just one of the many ways to scheme the system.  Just like some Russians and others drive their Mercedes and have food stamps.  Most of that is afforded through cash businesses and having elderly parents who don’t have anything.

  21. 3 separate comments is not enough for others to see how valid (and TRUE) your point really is.
    I suggest replying to yourself IN CAPS, that ought to do it.

  22. i hope that they will not talk about all the other people who they helped??????? we may have to through them in the river! Moser is not a good word. everyone better shape up fast. The system is to help. but this is low.
    The DA will press them to name their clients and then the fun will start.

  23. That’s right, deport them.  But where?  These two appear to be Israeli, so maybe we can deport them to Israel?  Yea, good luck with that.

  24. BREAKING: @Nowaynohow:disqus promises to date only women with a soul. Inflatable ones are so yesterday…

  25. They may have been American born conservative Jews that took up Orthodox practice. Being of deceptive bent, they gave themselves names that allowed them easier assimilation into the Orthodox community.

  26. You don’t have to go to the supermarket.  Go to the Bay Ridge HRA office.  They arrive in luxury cars, furs, and jewelry.  They look like a fat Zsa-Zsa Gabor.  They don’t even wait online; go right to a Russian speaking caseworker.

    Thanks Chuck Schumer for these phoney refugees.

  27. where did it say they are Russian?  I read the article 3 times and still don’t see that part???

  28. I hope they are convicted for their crimes, have all of their assets confiscated and liquidated so the money can be used to pay back the tax payers WITH interest.   can someone explain to me where it says they are ‘Russian” though?  I cant find it in the article posted here

  29. religious Jews have a habit of going to the emergency room in a hospital on Friday night and not signing any paperwork (because it is Shabbos and by Jewish law they can’t write or do any work), therefore they do not get billed. Classic scheme. Expose it and you are labeled racist. This is why NYC is becoming impossible to live in. sorry to break it

  30. I really miss real Brooklynites… Nothing left but Russians and Orthodox Jewish folk. Will the Staten Islanders, please move back here!!! I miss Tony, Vito and the Gallagher family lol

  31. Quick philosophy lecture.  Topic: logical fallacies.

    “argumentum ad hominem, is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic or belief of the person supporting it.  Ad hominem reasoning is normally described as a logical fallacy.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem

  32. It does not have to say they are Russians {jews}; it is understood.  They were tossed from Russia for criminal activity, and came here as such, and still are criminals.

    Sometimes I don’t why I have to explain myself to shiteheads.

  33. Hasids also live in 1/2 million dollar houses in Boro Park; do not work; have a new car; hire a cleaning lady; send their dozen children to private schools.  How can I join this club.

  34. People like this that make others suffer. Send them to jail and teach them a lesson not to steal from the poor

  35. the truth shall set them free but there crooks so they gotta be ready to eat cheese sandwiches<<no more high end life succas

  36. thank god we have a legal system to give them an opportunity to defend themselves, this mob mentality is shameful…

  37. Ukrainian, Estonian, Latvian, -ian this, -ian that, they’re all the same — thieving Russians. It’s part of their culture. It’s in their DNA. How many times have I seen a mink wearing, jewel encrusted, non-English speaking Russian in front of me use their benefit card instead of their AMEX? How many “Pharmacies” and “Medical Offices” can one jam into a square block? The IRS can audit anyone, the authorities must investigate ALL, convict and DEPORT! DEPORT! DEPORT!

  38. I’ve seen mink wearing, jewel encrusted,
    non-English speaking Russians in front of me use their benefits card (sometimes food stamps)
    instead of their AMEX card. The city must investigate, prosecute, and once every cent has been paid back, DEPORT, DEPORT, DEPORT!

  39.  Seetizen….did you read the article? I don’t see it saying that ugly couple is Russian, so stop spewing your hate, Trooblood (or maybe it should read Troubled?)

  40. Tman2a: Yep. I did read the article, and while I like “Bites”, you have to expand your reading to other news sources. Don’t be shy to explore and educate yourself. If you did, you would’ve learned that their Israeli and Russian passports were confiscated. If you’re fat, I’m guessing you like cake, if you have a Russian passport, I’m gonna call you a Russian. And the hypocrisy of calling them ugly — talk about hate — and then commenting about me? And I am “troubled” with the whole system. DEPORT! DEPORT! DEPORT!

  41. Seetizen Trublood  : I’ve read about that story not only on SB but in other news sources as well, and all I saw  is their foreign passports were confiscated, no info if it were Russian or Israeli passports. Please post a link here so I could read that article.  I am also troubled with the whole system, not only with actions of certain immigrants but with ongoing corruption in most (unfortunately) city and state agencies. So try not to be biased toward certain group of people,  get a broader view. The whole system need to be changed, only then opportunity for such a fraud would be minimized. As for your “DEPORT!DEPORT!DEPORT!”, its your constitutional right to say whatever you feel, keep going. The only problem is that it won’t change anything, fortunately or not.

  42. Tman2a: So you did take a gander at other news sources? How convenient after the fact. WHY would I be biased towards a people who gave us Communism? Who sought to enslave Europe along side Hitler? A people who have a c’est la vie attitude towards oppression in their own homeland and abroad? A people who prefer to fly the Hammer & Sickle (not even their new flag) instead of Old Glory? A people whose DNA is to scam the system, the government, or be looked upon as a “patsy”? Maybe a 100+ years is not enough time to get a sense of who they really are. I’ll give them another 100, maybe I’ll gain that “broader view” in my lifetime. *** Sorry, we definitely do not share your lazy “it won’t change anything” attitude. Slow it may be, change must come from the bottom up, NOT the other way around. I ask what’s the best deterrent? Worse than prison? Being sent back to Mother Russia (including its former republics) — DEPORT! DEPORT! DEPORT! *** Aww, so adorable when I’m reminded of my rights in my own country, thank you. As for the link you requested, here you go: http://tinyurl.com/75pf8rh

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