Westbury Woman Admits $71K Theft from Nonprofit

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Westbury woman has admitted to stealing a Suffolk County resident’s identity, which she then used to cash $71,000 in stolen checks from a Rockville Centre-based Jewish charity.Marie Augustin pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to grand larceny and identity theft.Prosecutors said the 42-year-old opened several business bank accounts in the names of the vendors of the Jewish National Fund so that she could cash checks stolen from the nonprofit by using the stolen identity and a fake driver’s license in February.Nassau County police began investigating when Augustin tried to make a withdrawal after depositing a check stolen from the Jewish National Fund, a nonprofit that develops land in Israel. She had also deposited two other stolen checks—on in the amount of $79,338.24 and the other for $30,000—into other business accounts she had created, authorities said.Investigators found that Augustin had also made $5,100 worth of withdrawals from the identity theft victim’s account by falsely claiming that her debit card was missing, presenting the false driver license as identification and then having a new debit card issued, according to prosecutors.There was no apparent relationship between the charity and the identity theft other than Augustin, who was arrested in April.Judge David Sullivan is expected to sentence Augustin on Sept. 29 to two consecutive terms of nine months in jail, a civil judgment of $180,577.48 to the Jewish National Fund and $400 in reparations to the identity theft victim.last_img read more

Gbehlay-Geh Women Group Appeals for Financial Assistance

first_imgMadam Kruah stands by the new rice mill. The Gbehlay-Geh Rural Women Multipurpose Farmers’ Cooperative in Karnplay, Nimba County, has appealed to the Government of Liberia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for financial assistance to buy more paddy rice from smallholder farmers and that can be processed for the local market.The chairlady of the cooperative, Annie Kryah, told the Daily Observer recently that when government provides the financial assistance, it will boost rice production in the county and also improve farmers’ income.According to her, a large size rice mill a partner recently donated to them demands more paddy rice for processing, but the lack of finance limits farmers from purchasing more quantity of the commodity to supply the mill.Sample of the rice produced by the womenMadam Kruah said that her organization is striving to encourage more farmers to engage in rice production, but  additional cash to empower them to purchase farming implements is something that really requires money.She said the new rice mill will enhance farmers’ ability to produce more rice for the local markets, if only they have the resources to purchase the paddy rice from farmers as compared to what they are doing now with a reasonable price.The women are also involved in cassava production and processing.Meanwhile, Madam Krah has also called on local authorities to provide land to expand their farming activity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more