Volume 16, Number 28 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | December 9-16, 2003
9/11 fraud arrests
The city Department of Investigation last week arrested 10 people — nine of them current or former city employees — and charged them with defrauding government agencies and private charities of $55,859 in World Trade Center relief funds.
The defendants are charged with grand larceny, falsifying records and petit larceny. If convicted they are subject to from four to seven years in prison.
The arrests follow fraud or theft charges in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001against more than 100 people for stealing money from the Municipal Credit Union. Dozens of others have been charged and some convicted for scams of government and private agencies in connection with W.T.C. relief.
The defendants charged last week include Carolyn Broughton, 45, of Brooklyn, a Human Resources Administration employee, charged with taking $15,205 from FEMA, the Small Business Administration and the Red Cross by falsely claiming she had a street vending business on Church and Cortlandt Sts. that was lost because of the attack. Elwood McCauly, 39, a private arts consultant doing business with the New York City Housing Authority, was charged with stealing $6,220 from Safe Horizon and the Red Cross for falsely claiming he lost a job with the Housing Authority.
Alfreda James, 46, a Housing Authority secretary, was charged with defrauding Safe Horizon and the Red Cross of $1,117 by falsely claiming she had not been paid for three weeks when she could not get to her office at 90 Church St.
Four college aides with the city Department of Transportation were also charged: Andre Bevans, 23, was charged with defrauding Safe Horizon and the Red Cross of $4,989 for falsely claiming he had not been paid for two weeks because he couldn’t get to his office at 40 Worth St. Erika Glemaud, 24, was charged with defrauding the Red Cross and Safe Horizon of $8,361 by falsely claiming she had not been paid for three weeks and worked fewer hours because of the attack. Nadia Omess, 23, was charge with defrauding the Red Cross of $2,500 for falsely claiming her hours had been reduced, and Korotoumou Fofana, 29, was charged with defrauding the Red Cross and Safe Horizon of $4,477 by falsely claiming she lost her job because of the disaster.
In addition, three clerical associates with the city Human Resources Administration were charged: Mary White, 56, was charged with defrauding Safe Horizon and the Red Cross of $4,093 by falsely claiming she lost two weeks pay because of the attacks. Evette Risper, 32, was charged with defrauding Safe Horizon and the Red Cross of $5,398 by falsely claiming she lost three weeks pay, and Earl Cohen, 50, was charged with defrauding Safe Horizon and the September 11th Fund of $3,499 by falsely claiming he lost two weeks pay.
Lei Chen, 25, who is already in custody for murder in connection with an Oct. 30 stabbing on Pike St. and East Broadway at a Chinatown intercity bus depot, was charged on Dec. 1 with first degree assault in connection with a stabbing on Sept. 17, 2000 at the corner of Division and Forsyth Sts., according to a spokesperson for District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau. The new assault charge concerns an unsolved stabbing three years ago of a victim after a dispute over seating on Chinatown intercity bus, the spokesperson said. Chen is facing a second degree murder charge in connection with the Oct. 30 stabbing death of Zhen Ji-Li, his associate in an intercity bus enterprise. The stabbing death was the result of a personal dispute, according to law enforcement officials.
A Chelsea resident surrendered to police at the Seventh Precinct on the Lower East Side on Mon. Dec. 2 in connection with the Nov. 30 shooting of a man and a woman in front of 28 Jackson St. in the Vladeck Houses. The suspect, Angel Quirindongo, 21, of 420 W. 19th St., in the Fulton Houses, was charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. The victims, a man, 26, shot in the wrist, and a woman, 18, shot in the lower abdomen, were admitted to Bellevue Hospital.
Find missing man
Manuel Rosario, 18, reported missing on Friday afternoon when he was last seen on Chambers St., was found the following morning by police in the 84th Precinct near the Fulton Landing in Brooklyn. Rosario, described as being in poor mental condition, was returned to his family unharmed.