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Nov. 22, 2016 -- Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty and New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Rearden jointly announced that six individuals have been arraigned and charged with the theft of unemployment benefits.

Michael Gonzales (DOB 10/28/71) of 124 Carteret St., Linden, NJ was arraigned on a felony complaint charging him with:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony and
  • one count of Offering A False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

Severino Livramento (DOB 09/20/56) of 233 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, NY was arraigned on a felony complaint charging him with:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony and
  • one count of Offering A False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

Edgardo Villanueva (DOB 03/20/64) of 239 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob, CT was arraigned on a felony complaint charging him with:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony and
  • one count of Offering A False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

Danilo Martinez (DOB 11/26/51) of 233 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York was arraigned on a felony complaint charging him with:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony and
  • one count of Offering A False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

Jose Noguera (DOB 01/21/52) of 21 Elinor Place, Yonkers, NY was arraigned on a felony complaint charging him with:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony and
  • one count of Offering A False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

Ronilda De La Cruz (DOB 03/10/64) of 6 Grant St., Rye Brook, NY was arraigned on a felony complaint charging him with:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony and
  • one count of Offering A False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

All six defendants at the time these crimes took place were working as seasonal workers at the Century Golf Club in Purchase, New York. Gonzales worked as a waiter; Livramento as a laundry room attendant; Villanueva as a locker room attendant; Martinez as a golf course attendant; Noguera as a kitchen attendant and De La Cruz as a housekeeping attendant.

On or about and between the years 2011 and 2015 each of these defendants claimed unemployment benefits from the New York State Department of Labor by having others falsely certifying online that they were present in the country when in fact they were overseas. A person must be present in the United States as an additional eligibility requirement in order to receive unemployment benefits.

The New York State Department of Labor’s Office of Special Investigations Unit initiated the investigation and received assistance from the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office who in turn received complete cooperation from the Century Golf Club.

The total amount of unemployment benefits stolen collectively by these defendants was $109,032.

The defendants pled not guilty.

They were released on their own recognizance, and as a condition thereof, had to surrender their passports and sign an agreement that they would return to court.

Their next court date is Dec. 8, 2016.

Assistant District Attorney Nicole Gamble of the Investigations Division is prosecuting the case.

 

Severino Livramento

Edgardo Villanueva Danilo Martinez Jose Noguera Ronilda De La Cruz
Severino Livramento Edgardo Villanueva Danilo Martinez Jose Noguera Ronilda De La Cruz

 

In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.