The former owner of a medical cab company in the Town of Wallkill in Orange County, NY, was sentenced Thursday to one to three years in prison for defrauding Medicaid of more than $200,000 by submitting falsified claims for medical transportation services, the Times Herald-Record reported.
Quitoni was arrested in September 2018. The New York State Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case, argued that from 2013 to 2017, Quitoni submitted false claims seeking inflated payments from Medicaid. He was accused of submitting individual mileage claims for each Medicaid recipient traveling together in the same vehicle, instead of submitting group claims for mileage. Medicaid reimburses group trips at a lower rate per client than individual trips because the cost to providers is lower.
Quitoni was also accused of claiming Medicaid’s maximum allowance of $50 in toll reimbursement per trip, even though his vehicles did not incur that amount of toll expense. The Attorney General’s Office noted that there are no $50 tolls in New York and no combination of tolls on trips that Quatroni’s vehicles made which, when aggregated, could have totaled $50.
The father-and-son operators of an Orange County used-car
dealership have been charged with understating their business’s income on tax
returns and overstating it on loan applications, according to the U.S. Attorney’s
Office for the Southern District of New York.
Mehdi Moslem and Saaed Moslem, owners of the Exclusive
Motor Sports car dealership in Central Valley, are accused of conspiring with a
tax preparer and others from 2009 to 2016 to conceal millions of dollars in
profits from the IRS.
Prosecutors say that in 2009, Saaed Moslem hired a tax
preparer in Rockland County who agreed to lower the yearend inventory value for
Exclusive, which increased Exclusive’s cost of goods sold and decreased the net
income reported on Saaed Moslem’s personal tax return. From 2010 to 2013 and again
in 2015, the defendants directed the tax preparer to use false information in
preparing partnership tax returns for Exclusive, according to the indictment.
The returns significantly understated gross receipts and underreported
inventory, thereby inflating the cost of goods sold. This reduced the business
income attributable to the men, resulting in the underpayment of personal
The tax preparer is not identified in the indictment, and
is referred to as CC-1, short for co-conspirator 1.
Prosecutors say Saaed Moslem used his fraudulent tax
returns to conceal his assets from creditors when he filed for bankruptcy in
2015. Both men are from Central Valley.
Prosecutors say that, from 2011 to 2017, the father
and son also conspired to defraud several financial institutions by submitting
inflated net worth statements and fabricated tax returns in support of loan applications.
They inflated the market value of their real estate holdings and omitted the
tax liabilities resulting from the understatement of their income on their
personal tax returns, according to the indictment. The loans included a $1.2
million mortgage on the car dealership property on which the men later
Mehdi Moslem, 70, and Saaed Moslem, 35, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of bank fraud conspiracy. Saaed Moslem is also charged with two counts of making false statements to a lender, and one count of concealing assets and making false declarations in a bankruptcy case.
The owner of an upscale French restaurant in Westchester
County has been charged with multiple counts of fraud, accused of falsifying
bank records and running up an $80,000 tab on a customer’s credit card.
Barbara “Bobbie” Meyzen, owner of La Cremaillere
Restaurant in Banksville, faces a litany of fraud charges, the culmination of a
five-year spree of brazen acts of theft and fraud detailed by the U.S. Attorney’s
Office for the Southern District of New York.
Meyzen has owned the restaurant since 1993. From
August 2015 to July 2016, Meyzen submitted applications for credit on behalf of
the restaurant to at least nine lenders and factors. According to the U.S.
Attorney’s Office, Meyzen provided the potential lenders with business bank statements
that she had altered, changing negative balances to positive balances, removing
references to bounced checks and reducing service fees. When one lender discovered
that the bank statements had been altered, authorities say Meyzen created an
email account in the name of a bank officer and sent an email to the lender stating
that the bank statements were genuine.
Authorities say Meyzen falsely represented to the same
lender that the second mortgage on the restaurant had been paid off. She is accused
of forging a satisfaction of mortgage document, filing it with the Westchester
County Clerk’s Office and sending a copy to the lender. Meyzen later denied filing the false document,
telling FBI agents that she believed a loan broker with whom she had previously
worked had done it.
Meyzen is also accused
of charging more than $80,000 in food and restaurant supplies to the American
Express card of one of the restaurant’s customers. When the customer
discovered the charges, authorities say Meyzen claimed the charges were a
mistake and promised to resolve them. She later gave the customer two checks totaling
$32,000. The checks bounced. She told the FBI that she knew nothing about
the unauthorized charges and denied giving the customer any checks, according to
the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In September 2018, Meyzen
Family Realty Associates, LLC, the company that owns the property where La Crémaillère operates, filed for bankruptcy in U.S.
Bankruptcy Court in White Plains. In April 2019, La Crémaillère Restaurant
Corp., which operates the restaurant, followed suit. Meyzen is a part owner in
both businesses. Two days after the second filing, Meyzen opened a bank account
in her name and diverted more than $40,000 of the restaurant’s credit card
receipts to that account, authorities said. The funds were used to make payments to a food distributor and to an in-home
That bank account was closed
on May 1. Six days later, Meyzen opened an account at another bank under Honey
Bee Farm, LLC, and diverted La Crémaillère’s credit card receipts, as well as
$20,000 in advances on the eatery’s future credit card revenue, to that account,
according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities say Meyzen used some of
that money to make a payment on Meyzen Family Realty’s mortgage and to pay food
distributors, wine wholesalers, a commercial trash service, a tableware and
china company, and a restaurant employee.
of Redding, Connecticut, has been charged with aggravated identity theft, wire
fraud, mail fraud, credit card fraud, two counts of making false statements and
one count of concealing a debtor’s property.
The co-founder and CEO of a Manhattan investment firm
and a former trader at the firm were convicted Thursday of securities fraud.
Anilesh Ahuja, 51, the co-founder, CEO and chief investment officer of Premium Point Investments LP, which managed a portfolio of hedge funds, and Jeremy Shor, 44, a former trader at PPI, were convicted of scheming to artificially inflate the value of the firm’s holdings by more than $100 million in order to attract new investors and retain existing ones.
Ahuja, of New Rochelle,
NY, and Shor, of New York City, were found guilty of
all four counts against them: conspiracy
to commit securities fraud, which carries a maximum potential sentence of five
years in prison, and securities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and
wire fraud, each carrying a maximum potential sentence of 20 years. The men will
be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla at a future date.
Before founding PPI a decade ago, Ahuja was the head
of the residential mortgage-backed securities group at a global investment
bank. At its peak, PPI managed more than $5 billion in assets.
According to prosecutors, from approximately 2014 to
2016, Ahuja and Shor participated in a conspiracy to defraud PPI’s investors and
potential investors by mismarking the value of certain securities held by its
funds each month, thereby inflating the net asset value of those funds as
reported to existing and potential investors.
Two former PPI employees, Amin Majidi of Armonk and
Ashish Dole of White Plains, had already pleaded guilty to their roles in the
scheme, as had Frank Dinucci Jr., a former salesman at a broker-dealer.
“Investors in our markets must be able to count on the truth and accuracy of the information they receive from those they entrust with their money,” said Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.