Ex-NYPD Lieutenant & # 39; stole more than $ 130,000 in social benefits intended for his children – including someone who is blind & # 39;
- Michael Conway, from Queens, wrongly claimed the money for up to 10 years
- The 60-year-old allegedly applied for benefits on behalf of twins of eight
- He was reportedly caught when his blind son, now 17, applied benefits
A former NYPD lieutenant is said to have stolen more than $ 130,000 in social benefits on behalf of his children, including someone who is blind.
Michael Conway, from Queens, New York, was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud for having wrongfully claimed the money for almost ten years.
The 60-year-old reportedly received benefits for a work-related injury he sustained while in the NYPD, the New York NBC reports.
Michael Conway, from Queens, New York, is facing up to 20 years in prison for fraud because he wrongly claimed the money for a period of almost a decade (stock photo)
He would then allegedly claim social benefits on behalf of his then eight-year-old twins by falsely claiming to live with him in his home in Queens, according to the complaint.
He received the money and allegedly collected the money for nearly ten years until he was caught when his legally blind son, 17, applied for benefits through SSA – which helps people with disabilities, NY Daily News reports.
The teenager has reportedly learned that SSA has been paying benefits to him and his twins since 2007, according to the publication.
It was discovered that Mr. Conway reportedly potted $ 138,016.60 for his children, the complaint said.
The 60-year-old reportedly received a benefit in 2009 for a work-related injury sustained in the NYPD (stock photo)
Prosecutors say that their mother was not aware of the fraud and SSA had told them that they had custody in 2002, according to the publication reports.
American New York Eastern District Attorney Richard Donoghue announced the allegations against Mr. Conway, who attended a trial in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
He said in a statement: & # 39; As alleged in the complaint, the defendant committed fraud for almost ten years by his family and SSA by unlawfully collecting and maintaining funds provided for the care of his children on based on false statements he made to the government. & # 39;
"This Office will remain vigilant in identifying and prosecuting those such as the defendant who receive benefits to which they are not entitled," the statement said.
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