By ROB HOELL
5:23 PM EST, March 5, 2010
Seven people have been charged with stealing more than $252,000 in undeserved Medicaid benefits and food stamps by under reporting their income and failing to disclose millions of dollars worth of rental properties and businesses under their ownership. Investigators say one Roslyn Heights couple received more than $88,000 in benefits, despite the fact that they were living the good life. Homa and Masoud Lovi, both 50, of Roslyn Heights are of intentionally under reported their personal income to the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) so that they would qualify for taxpayer-funded Medicaid benefits. During that time period, the Lovis allegedly stole $88,932 in Medicaid benefits for themselves and their three children. The Lovis reported that Masoud was making between $2,000 and $2,500 a month as an employee of Studio 2180, a Bronx-based clothing company. In reality, investigators say Masoud Lovi owned Studio 2180. The couple are said to also own three properties in Queens while collecting Medicaid, in addition to owning their home in Roslyn Heights. Investigators say the couple's bank records revealed more than $2.3 million of deposits into their account during the duration of the case. "These defendants had millions in the bank and owned businesses and rented properties, yet still wanted more," said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
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