3027 Avenue V, the address of one of the shell companies affiliated with the alleged scam.
Ten people – including three Brooklynites – were arrested and charged for their roles in an alleged $70 million scheme to defraud Medicaid and Medicare by submitting phony claims to the programs through three sham medical clinics, including one based on Avenue V.
The bust was announced December 3, when the suspects were slapped with charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering. Three of the suspects – Vadim Zubkov, Nikoloz Chochiev and Jason Brissett – hailed from Brooklyn while the remaining seven were Queens residents.
Prosecutors say that the defendants recruited homeless people and the financially vulnerable who were insured by Medicare or Medicaid, hauling them to the three clinics to undergo unnecessary medical tests. The procedures were administered by unlicensed personnel, and the clinics ultimately billed more than $70 million in fraudulent claims, according to prosecutors, paying kickbacks to the phony patients.
Find out who was arrested, where the clinic was and how the alleged scam operated.
Cops are looking for the men pictured above, who they say broke into an Avenue V home and stole jewelry.
The burglary happened Wendesday, October 1, in the early morning. The two suspected broke into the home through an open side window. Once inside, they snatched an unknown amount of jewelry and made haste through the back door.
Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Dashawn Richard (Source: NYPD)
Police are looking for missing 12-year-old Dashawn Richard, a resident of the Marlboro Houses at 30 Avenue V.
Richard was last seen on Tuesday, August 19, as he left his home at approximately 10:40 p.m.
He is described as a black male, approximately 5’11″ and 110lbs. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and purple sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.
All calls are confidential.
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A 20-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the stomach at the Marlboro Houses (2250 West 11th Street) early this morning.
The man was exiting the elevator on the 16th floor of the building to visit his grandmother at approximately 1:40 a.m. when a gunman opened fire and put a bullet in his abdomen, police told this outlet.
The victim, whose identity was not released, was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where he remains in serious condition but is expected to survive.
Police do not yet have a suspect in the case, and are still investigating.
Marlboro Houses, like the majority of New York City Housing Authority developments, still do not have long-awaited security cameras. Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that work is finally underway on the $27 million installation of closed circuit cameras in 49 NYCHA developments, including the Marlboro Houses and Sheepshead – Nostrand Houses, and should be complete by the end of the year.
From reader Kismet:
Around 11 AM today a young woman got her purse snatched on Homecrest Avenue between U and V, closer to V. He grabbed her purse then kicked her down on the ground. I saw him run and then she was running after him screaming that he stole her purse. She fell on the floor pretty bad while chasing him and couldn’t run much after that. Some workers started chasing him and alerting people to stop the thief. He ran to Avenue U and then around the corner to East 12th heading to Avenue V. With all the people around, NO ONE stopped him.
He looked about 30, wearing sunglasses. The victim said he was a light-skinned hispanic.
The police were called and a report made.
Here is a picture of the scumbag. The victim stated that she knows of 2 other purse snatching incidents on Homecrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611.
The Kings Bay YM-YWHA celebrated another banner year for its annual Israel Expo, the largest Israeli-themed festival in Brooklyn held in front of its 3495 Nostrand Avenue headquarters.
With a real, live petting zoo, music from professionals and student performers, food, vendors, amusements and rides, the event drew a diverse audience of thousands.
It’s hard to say what the biggest draw was, but this reporter was impressed by the performance put on by a group of Korean Christians showing solidarity for Israel and Jews worldwide. The group put on a traditional and dramatic drum show to the delight of onlookers.
Check out the photos for a sense of how the day went!
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The following is from our friends at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA:
The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will hold its Annual Israel Celebration on Sunday, June 8th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Y’s main site at 3495 Nostrand Avenue (between Avenues U and V). The event is free and open to the public.
The celebration will spotlight Israeli music and dance, interactive games and exhibits that showcase the achievements of Israel’s citizens, travel opportunities to Israel and much more. Thousands are expected to attend. Nostrand Avenue will be closed to traffic between Avenues U and V.
The community will enjoy live music, an Israeli marketplace full of jewelry, Judaica, Israeli craft, delicious food and giveaways. Children will play on carnival rides, visit a petting zoo and participate in other fun activities like face painting and sand-art.
Elected officials are scheduled to address the crowd at 12:15 pm.
For more information, contact Alina at 718-648-7703, ext. 224 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Alex S.
It’s been a bad day on Avenue U. Shortly after police reopened the roadway following an accident on Ocean Avenue near Avenue U, another car lost control and slammed into the building at 1907 Avenue U, just narrowly missing the busy storefront of Trio Ristorante Pizza and Grill.
The incident happened at approximately 4:45 p.m.
The section of sidewalk has been closed off with police tape.
It’s still unclear if anyone was injured, as is how the driver lost control.
Just two hours earlier, another driver lost control one block away, slamming into a parked car being loaded up with groceries, injuring that car’s owner.
The accident at Trio’s brought back memories of the 2006 incident, in which a woman lost control of her SUV and plowed into the same storefront. That accident severely wounded a deliveryman, who was pinned to the counter and saw his right leg crushed. A 71-year-old pedestrian was also injured in that accident.
Photo by Laura S.
Photo by Laura S.
Photo by Randy C.
Photo by Randy C.
Photo by Randy C.
UPDATE (6:59 p.m.): Reporter Shimon Gifter was on the scene, and tweeted out some additional details, including the driver saying it was caused by brake failure:
Apparently it was a pretty grisly scene:
UPDATE (4:04 p.m.): The streets have been reopened to traffic.
UPDATE (3:21 p.m.): We’re now receiving word that a driver lost control of a vehicle, slamming into a car in which the owner was loading the trunk. The person loading the car has been hospitalized.
A car accident involving at least two vehicles has caused street closures at and around Ocean Avenue and Avenue U.
The accident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. Details were not available at the time of this writing, but tipster Randy C. is at the scene, and tells us that one car is totaled, and another has ended up on the sidewalk. He said ambulances were seen transporting at least one victim, possibly a pedestrian, for medical attention.
Police have closed down Ocean Avenue from Avenue U to Gravesend Neck Road, including Avenue V.
We’ll have photos and more information soon.
This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.
Photos by Randy C.
A neighbor living near Bedford Avenue and Avenue V woke to this scene today. A tree limb that weighs several hundred pounds had tumbled down from where it had loomed over his car when he parked the night before. He was lucky – it was a light grazing, and he called police to file a report, according to our tipster Marina K.
It’s a scene we see all over the neighborhood when winds are strong. And they’re pretty strong right now; in fact, we’re currently under a National Weather Service advisory warning of strong, gusty winds reaching up to 50 miles per hour. The advisory lasts until 6:00 p.m. today.
The problem is worse in the flood zone, where the salty waters or Superstorm Sandy have dried up root systems and weakened trees. We’ve seen precarious conditions on, and received lots of complaints about, tree-lined blocks in Manhattan Beach, Plumb Beach and Sheepshead Bay.
Be careful out there. Keep your eyes on the tree line, and try not to park under larger limbs. If you do, make sure to check on your car well before you have to go to work – you might find yourself calling in late to deal with the aftermath.