A Massapequa man was ordered to complete community service and pay restitution after pleading guilty to welfare fraud, announced the Nassau County District Attorney.
Mathew Sutphen, 52, of Massapequa, was released Tuesday on a conditional discharge and sentenced to serve 210 hours of community service on top of paying $167,240.79 in restitution. Sutphen pleaded guilty to second-degree welfare fraud in January 2012.
In January, Sutphen’s wife, Angela, 54, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree welfare fraud and was ordered to complete 210 hours of community service.
The Sutphens reportedly claimed to have low incomes to get Medicaid and Public Assistance benefits. They also failed to admit they owned timeshares, co-ops in Florida, a second home in Suffolk County, and that they owned Cornerstone Bancor Mortgage Company.
The couple are the last of eight people sentenced in a fraud sweep across Nassau County in September 2011.
The other defendants included Joan Anzalone, 45, of Glen Cove; Rehman Aziz, 53, and Nighat Aziz, 47, both of Sea Cliff; Rizwan Basit, 35, and Shamama Shamin, 30, both of Valley Stream; Dennis Melandro, 39, of Hicksville; Laurie Morales, 44, of Freeport; and Tahira Mundiya, 47, of Farmingdale.
As a result of the sweep, $527,439.78 was paid in restitution between the eight defendants.
“Those who think they can take advantage of public assistance programs by collecting benefits they have no right to receive threaten the viability of a social safety net that is paid for by the hard-working men and women of our county,” said DA Kathleen Rice.