On Feb. 15, New York officials announced the arrest of four individuals accused of defrauding the Build It Back program, an initiative designed to help property owners rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. The alleged schemes resulted in the theft of $300,000 in disaster relief funds and the attempted theft of $1 million in property.
According to the Queens District Attorney's Office, three of the defendants illegally received disaster relief funds after filing fraudulent repair applications to the program. A 67-year-old Brooklyn man received $125,802, a 73-year-old East Meadow man received $86,560 and a 54-year-old Syosset man received $66,371. All three are charged with second-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. If convicted, they face up to 19 years in prison.