Queens Man, Paul Fishbein Charged For Defrauding Government Rental Assistance Programs By Renting Out Dilapidated Apartments He Did Not Own To Families In Need
(STL.News) Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Margaret Garnett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation (“DOI”), announced today the unsealing of a Complaint charging PAUL FISHBEIN, the defendant, with theft of government funds, wire fraud, and mail fraud for defrauding rental assistance programs administered by New York City’s Human Resources Administration (“HRA”), New York City’s Housing Preservation & Development (“HPD”), and the New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”), by falsely claiming to be the owner and landlord of 20 properties (the “Properties”) in New York City, renting out the Properties to families in need through the rental assistance programs, and collecting money – including federal funds – from HRA, HPD, and NYCHA as the purported owner and landlord of the Properties. The defendant is also charged with Medicaid fraud. The defendant was arrested today and will be presented later today in Manhattan federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron.
U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “As alleged, Paul Fishbein not only took advantage of New Yorkers in need, he also defrauded city and federal government programs designed to help those very people.