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Prosecutors: Long Beach woman charged with rent subsidy fraud

A Long Beach woman has been charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $40,000 in rent subsidies and taxpayer-funded assistance she wasn't eligible to receive between 2008 and 2013, acting Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas announced Wednesday.

Renessa Evans, 35, was charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny, two counts of third-degree welfare fraud and seven counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies. She could face up to 7 years in prison if convicted of the top charge, Singas' office said in a news release.

Prosecutors said in April 2009, January 2010 and February 2013, Evans filed false applications with the Long Beach Housing Authority alleging that her income was $1,620 a month from unemployment insurance. The acting DA said Evans also did not list a live-in boyfriend as a resident at the home.

Also, between January 2008 and April 2010, Evans filed seven applications and recertifications for Medicaid, food stamps and temporary assistance benefits for herself, prosecutors said. In each recertification, Evans claimed minimal income, and again failed to list her live-in boyfriend as a resident in her home.

Prosecutors said as a result of the false filings, Evans got about $30,000 in rent subsidies for which she was not eligible, as well as more than $10,000 in Medicaid, food stamp and temporary assistance benefits to which she was not entitled.

"By committing these fraudulent acts, this defendant took taxpayer funds meant to assist some of the neediest people in our county -- the vast majority of whom receive only the benefits that they are entitled to under the law," Singas said in a statement.

The case brought against Evans resulted from a tip to the DA's Criminal Complaint Unit, the news release said.

Nassau District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer set bail at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond on Wednesday, and court records show Evans did not post the bail by Wednesday evening. She is due back in court Jan. 16.

Evans is being represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, which does not comment on individual cases.

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