A “welfare queen” who collected nearly $100,000 from Medicaid was actually worth more than a million dollars, and flaunted her wealth on Facebook.
Now, she’s facing jail time.
Galit Levi lives a pretty comfortable life – if you follow her Facebook. She reportedly has deposited over a million dollars into her bank account with her husband over the past few years. During that time, however, she was also collecting tens of thousands of dollars in Medicaid benefits, claiming tp be out of work while her husband earned less than $2000 a month.
Levi is now facing fraud charges, and is accused of forging her Medicaid application.
Her Facebook page showed she lived pretty well, with lots of pictures of her and her family having a good time. They also reportedly bought a nice house, only to tear it down so they could build a bigger, more luxourious one.
A Queens mom with $1 million in the bank fleeced Medicaid of nearly $70,000 over three years, officials announced Thursday.
Galit Levi, 37, of Hollis Hills, was charged with grand larceny, welfare fraud, and falsifying business records, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
To get approved for Medicaid benefits, Levi claimed she was unemployed and that her husband earned approximately $1,750 a month — not enough to support the two adults and their four kids.
Officials approved Levi and her family for public assistance in January 2012 after she filed what turned out to be a bogus claim, authorities said.
She then proceeded to bilk the system of $67,000 through December 2015, submitting several renewals for Medicaid assistance, the criminal complaint said.
But in fact, a review of Levi’s bank accounts with her husband uncovered deposits from 2012 through 2016 that exceeded $1.3 million, authorities said.
Levi faces some serious charges. Just the charge of grand larceny could land her in prison for 15 years. Although she was able to make bail of $5,000, she had to turn over her passport, so she cannot leave the country.
“Medicaid is intended to help the truly needy, but this defendant’s bank records allegedly show her family’s income was well above the levels that would have made her and her children eligible for assistance,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Levi was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Karen Gopee Thursday morning.
Levi didn’t respond to attempts to reach her. A man who identified himself as her husband declined comment when reached on his cell phone.