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June 17, 2013 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox announced today that Chiara-Monai Hudson (DOB 04/10/88) of 4320 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, New York pled guilty today to:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class "D" Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class "E" Felony,

relating to the false filing of unemployment insurance claims and New York State Tax returns from her home/office business formerly located in Mount Vernon, New York.

Over a 26 month period from Jan. 20, 2010 and March 22, 2012, the defendant defrauded the New York State Department of Labor in that she filed for unemployment insurance that she was not entitled and defrauded the New York State Department of Taxation and finance by filing numerous false New York State tax returns receiving refund payments to which she was not entitled.

The total amount of the loss to New York State totaled more than $121,750.

Between Jan. 20, 2012 and March 22, 2012 the defendant claimed unemployment insurance benefits from the New York State Department of Labor and falsely certified that she had been employed by Byram Healthcare a White Plains medical supply company.

The defendant submitted false wage and pay stub information in support of her application for unemployment benefits and received unemployment insurance benefits totaling $12,150.

The defendant's certification of unemployment was false because she was actually never employed by Byram Healthcare. Therefore, the defendant was not entitled to receive the unemployment benefits and wrongfully obtained $12,150 from the New York State Department of Labor.

Additionally, the defendant, while aided and abetted and acting in concert with unapprehended others, submitted 18 additional applications to the Department of Labor seeking unemployment benefits and also included false wage and pay stub information with the applications in an attempt to receive unauthorized unemployment benefits in excess of $4,000.

The defendant, a tax preparer and owner of Arlanna's Accounting Services, a home/office based tax/accounting firm formerly in Mount Vernon, submitted false 2009 tax returns to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in the name of four individuals and received refund payments from the State in excess of $5,600.

The defendant admitted to filing over 100 additional false New York State tax returns between 2010 and 2011 for which New York State refund checks to be issued which totaled in excess of $100,000.

The defendant was arrested by investigators from the Westchester County District Attorneys office and the Department of Labor.

"This defendant, in filing false applications for Unemployment Insurance Benefits for additional people as well as false tax returns for acquaintances and customers, at a time of tight budgets and resources, further cost the taxpayer in having to uncover, find and further prevent the ongoing frauds as well as insure that the stolen money will be repaid, said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after the defendant's guilty plea.

Sentencing will be on Aug. 26, 2013.

She faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Nicole Gamble of the Economic Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.


Chiara Hudson

Chiara Hudson


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