Wednesday, February 6, 2013


The newspapers today report that Long Beach City Councilman Michael Fagen was convicted Tuesday by a Nassau County jury of charges stemming from his collection of unemployment benefits while serving on the city council. He faces up to 4 years in prison. During the trial, which began Jan. 16, Gann said Fagen was a part-time employee eligible for unemployment benefits under state law. But prosecutors said Fagen knowingly defrauded state taxpayers by applying for unemployment benefits to which he was not entitled.

What are the effects of false certifications and how can they occur? Was prosecution for fraud pursued in this matter due to the high profile nature of this case?

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