She Allegedly Took More Than $300,000 For Various Personal Needs
One woman was using all the taxpayers money to get back at a former boyfriend, plus more.
According to New York Daily News, a job specialist with New York City’s Human Resources Administration took more than $300,000 in public assistance funds to give to family and friends, including a supernatural specialist who put a spell on her ex-boyfriend.
According to court records, there’s no details on the specific rate Bauta paid for the hexing of her ex. However, authorities say it was all apart of a messed up scheme to steal public funds from needy people, so Bauta could put it in the pockets of friends and family.
Prosecutors said Bauta, age 35, stole identities, falsified documents and filed fraudulent tax returns as part of her plan to issue emergency benefits to relatives and acquaintances who had no emergency.
In one particular case, officials said Bauta replace the name of a victim on a police report with a family member’s name, then she processed the doctored report herself so that her kinfolk could receive the issued benefits.
Two other suspects were arrested along with swiping Bauta.
Geraldine Perez, 60, and Eric Gonzales, 26, were apprehended for allegedly depositing checks from Bauta and sharing the money with Bauta and others.
All of the defendants involved are from the Bronx.
“As an HRA employee, Eliana Bauta was supposed to help New Yorkers in need,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. “Instead, she and her co-defendants allegedly helped themselves, stealing hundreds of thousands in emergency benefits funds.”
Bauta was charged with conspiracy to commit federal program theft, wire fraud and bank fraud. She’s also faced with a charge of aggravated identity theft. Perez faces charges of receiving stolen government property.
Bauta was booked in Florida where she appeared before a federal judge. Meanwhile, Perez and Gonzales will appear before a federal judge Friday in Manhattan.