Saturday, November 14, 2009

$156,000 Scammed from gov't welfare -- Monsey, NY

A 58-year-old Monsey man has been accused of stealing $156,000 from welfare programs by the county as part of its continuing investigation into fraud.

Benjamin Ruttner is accused of filing false information to illegally obtain $89,000 in federal rental subsidies from November 2004 to November 2009. He is accused of stealing $67,000 in food stamps and Medicaid benefits from May 2006 to August 2009.

Through his attorney, Kenneth Gribetz of New City, Ruttner denied the Rockland District attorney’s charges of second-degree grand larceny and second-degree welfare fraud.

The charges carry a prison sentence of four to 14 years, and the judge could order the repayment of the benefits.

Ruttner has been released on $5,000 bail. He is the father of 12 children and works as a custodian at a local synagogue, Gribetz said Friday.

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