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A rundown of incidents in the past week in areas surrounding the Five Towns.

A Long Beach woman was one of nine people charged with stealing more than $282,000 in bogus Medicaid benefits.

Noemi Perdomo, 48, was arrested and charged with second-degree grand larceny, second-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing on Dec. 6, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Friday.

Rice said that between January 2004 and October 2010, Perdomo stole more than $98,000 in undeserved Medicaid benefits by claiming a weekly family income of $800 to $1,000. Perdomo failed to disclose the income from her husband’s landscaping business, her husband’s purchase of two houses in Florida, and annual deposits into personal accounts of between $84,000 and $221,000.

Perdomo is due back in court Feb. 6. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.

Three Arrested for Prostitution in Valley Stream

Two women who allegedly offered sexual activity in exchange for money and a man who allegedly supervised a prostitution business in Valley Stream were arrested on Thursday, according to police.

Fatinah Ibrahim, 20, of Far Rockaway, apparently offered sex on Dec. 15 to an undercover detective while at 57 Mary St. for an agreed amount of money, police said.

On Dec. 8, Jocelyn Arnold, 21, of Jamaica, Queens, received money for performing a massage on a male witness and then allegedly offered to engage in sexual activity, according to police. Arnold is not licensed to perform a massage.

Matt Irwin, 26, of 57 Mary St., allegedly supervised and managed a prostitution business at said location. Police said he compelled women to commit acts of sexual activity with various men, in which the defendant profited.

All three defendants were arrested on Dec. 15.

Ibrahim and Arnold are each charged with prostitution. Arnold is additionally charged with unauthorized practice of a crime. Irwin is charged with promoting prostitution in third degree.

Police have arrested an East Rockaway home health care aide after he allegedly stole money from several victims he worked for.

Raymond Caliste, 50, of Brooklyn, allegedly pried open a locked safe and took money from an 80-year-old female victim on July 20, when he was employed as an aide, police said.

On Nov. 22, the same victim called her 76-year-old close friend who also hired Caliste and informed her of the theft, telling her that she should check her belongings. The 76-year-old victim then realized that her silver flatware was missing.

Caliste surrendered himself to police and was placed under arrest on Thursday, and the silver flatware was recovered at a local jeweler. Caliste was charged with three counts of grand larceny 3rd degree and will be arraigned on Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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Olivia Pednes December 20, 2011 at 08:10 PM
If they shut down craigslist why are they allowed to advertise prostitution on http://www.classivox.com then ???

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