More Muslim immigrant fraud.
A Coram taxi company owner lied about his annual salary to fraudulently receive more than $200,000 in Medicaid benefits that he was ineligible for, Suffolk County prosecutors said Thursday.
Mohammad Iqbal, 53, was arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip and charged with second-degree welfare fraud. Judge Stephen Braslow held Iqbal on $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 7½ to 15 years in prison.
“For almost eight years, the defendant misrepresented his income to the Suffolk County Department of Social Services in order to receive Medicaid benefits he otherwise would have been ineligible for,” Suffolk District Attorney Tim Sini said. “The defendant is accused of reporting a lower income to DSS in a scheme to line his pockets with taxpayer funds he didn’t need and wasn’t entitled to.”
Information about Iqbal’s defense attorney was not immediately available.
Prosecutors said that from Dec. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2017, Iqbal obtained Medicaid benefits from DSS that were based on annual recertification forms he submitted, in which he artificially lowered his monthly household income.
An analysis of several bank accounts associated with Iqbal showed approximately $1.9 million in income that he never reported to DSS, primarily from his cab company, Moe’s Taxi Ride Inc. in Shirley, prosecutors said.
Iqbal is due back in court on Monday.
Medicaid is a state and federal program that provides free or low-cost health coverage to those with very low incomes or who are disabled.
A driver by the same name and same age from Long Island made the news back in 2010. Coincidence? Mohammad Iqbal demands apology from FBI for being ‘racially profiled’ in 5-hour terror questioning
An outraged Long Island limo driver had a message Friday for his five small kids: Daddy’s no terrorist.
Mohammad Iqbal threatened to sue the FBI after agents grilled him about the Times Square bombing plot for five hours as his terrified children watched inside their home.
“I don’t want my kids to be told their father’s a terrorist,” a still-seething Iqbal said at his Shirley, L.I., home.
Iqbal, 45, wants an apology for what he deemed racial profiling after FBI agents pounded on his suburban front door around 6 a.m. Thursday.
He’s a financial terrorist, robbing American taxpayers.