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He duped dozens of clients before he was unmasked as a fraud. Mikhail Perlov, who operated a fake law practice out of an office on the corner of Avenue U and East 19th Street,  has admitted to tricking clients into believing he was a licensed attorney, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Sunday. Authorities say Perlov made…

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Former congressman Michael Grimm requested last week that his eight-month prison sentence be pushed off for two weeks so that he can have surgery. A lawyer representing the disgraced politician did not specify the nature of the procedure in a letter sent to the judge who presided over the fraud case, reports the Staten Island…

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Six home health care workers, including three who worked for agencies headquartered in Sheepshead Bay, Bensonhurst and East Midwood, were arrested yesterday and accused of defrauding the New York State Medicaid Program of tens of thousands of dollars, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. The scams, all independent of each other, variously involved faking home-health care…

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Phones scammers targeting New Yorkers are getting more sophisticated than ever, pols warned this week. The latest scam threatens victims with arrest for unpaid taxes or utility fees, unless a payment is made through a debit card easily purchased at local stores. The calls are disguised to appear on caller ID screens as numbers belonging to the Internal…

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In the wake of multiple reports that insurance companies underpaid Superstorm Sandy victims by altering damage assessment forms — from Manhattan Beach and Coney Island — Councilman Mark Treyger is calling on FEMA to conduct a comprehensive review of all Sandy payout claims. A hearing with City Council’s Committee on Recovery & Resiliency last week focused…

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The son-in-law of indicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Marcello Trebitsch, of Midwood, was arrested yesterday morning and charged with running a Ponzi scheme. Trebitsch, 37, allegedly swindled approximately $7 million from multiple clients over five years, promising investors annual returns up to 16 percent. Instead, he pocketed some money, used some to repay early investors,…

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