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February 27, 2012

Suffolk County Man Charged With Stealing More Than $240K from Hospice Care Network

Healthcare network provided end-of-life care for patients suffering from terminal illnesses

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Suffolk County man has been arrested and charged with grand larceny after stealing more than $230,000 from his employer, a healthcare network that provides palliative care for patients with terminal illnesses.

Jeffrey Mohamed, 36, of Medford, was arrested this morning and charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, and is scheduled to be arraigned later today in First District Court, Hempstead.

Rice said that from January 2003 to March 2011, Mohamed, who was employed as the Chief of Information Technology for the Hospice Care Network, embezzled more than $243,000 from his employer. He did so by making unauthorized purchases of computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment through his employer’s accounts, and then returning the items for a credit to his personal account or by selling the equipment and keeping the proceeds.

Senior management officials at Hospice Care Network discovered the theft during a review of open orders for IT equipment from a vendor. The discovery took place after Mohamed was terminated from the company for unrelated reasons. Hospice Care Network filed a complaint with the New York State Police, who then referred the case to the DA’s Office for additional investigation.

Hospice Care Network, which has its principle office in Woodbury, also has locations in Queens, Valley Stream, Bay Shore, and Melville, and provides care within private homes as well.

“Every dollar this defendant stole was a dollar that should have gone into alleviating the pain and suffering of very sick people in their final days,” Rice said. “Mr. Mohamed will now have to answer for victimizing one of our community’s most vulnerable populations.”

Deputy Chief William Wallace of the Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Mohamed is represented by Emrah Artukmac, Esq.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.