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Long Beach Councilman Michael Fagen's trial to wrap up next week

Democratic councilman Michael Fagen responds to a presentation

Democratic councilman Michael Fagen responds to a presentation by an external auditor regarding Long Beach's struggling finances. (Feb. 6, 2012) Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Final arguments in the trial of Long Beach Councilman Michael Fagen, who is charged with illegally collecting unemployment benefits, are expected to take place Monday.

Fagen is accused of collecting more than $15,000 in unemployment checks while he worked as an elected city councilman. His attorney has argued that his city council post is part-time work, which would leave him eligible for unemployment benefits.

Fagen’s trial began Jan. 16 and has continued for five days, including Thursday. A final witness — a state Department of Labor investigator called by prosecutors — is expected to give the last of his testimony on Monday, when the trial resumes.

Summation arguments from both sides would follow.

Fagen’s trial resumes Monday at 10 a.m. in Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola. Jury deliberations could follow Tuesday, prosecutors and Fagen’s attorney said.

Fagen, a Democrat, was indicted in February on felony charges of third-degree grand larceny, petty larceny and 38 counts of offering a false instrument for filing. He faces up to 7 years in jail if convicted.


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