A Levittown man was sentenced to 210 hours of community service and his wife received a conditional discharge Monday after the couple pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the theft of over $92,000 in Medicaid benefits, said Nassau authorities.
Harpreet Saini, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree welfare fraud and paid a sum of $92,571 in restitution to Nassau County as she was sentenced to a conditional discharge by Nassau County District Court Judge Valerie Alexander, said officials in District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office.
Saini's husband, Harjinder Singh, 37, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to complete 210 hours of community service, officials said.
"Public assistance programs are meant to help those who have no other options to feed, house and provide health care for themselves and their families -- not for people trying to game the system for their own selfish ends," Rice said in a statement. "Those who believe that they can take advantage of essential programs and services paid for by Nassau County taxpayers will be held accountable."
The couple underreported their income as owners of Mineola Card and Smoke, and applied for and received Medicaid benefits from the county Department of Social Services between July 2008 and March 2013, officials said.
They were arrested in October 2013.
The couple's attorney, Marc Gann of Mineola, could not be reached for comment.