tax preparer ARRAIGNED ON grand larceny
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 was arraigned in Mount Vernon City Court on a seven count Felony Complaint charging her with:
relating to the false filing of unemployment insurance claims and New York State Tax refunds from her home/office business formerly located in Mount Vernon, New York,
Over a 26 month period from January 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 New York State tax returns receiving refund payments to which she was not entitled.
amount of the loss to
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.
a tax preparer and owner of Arlanna’s Accounting
Services, a home/office based tax/accounting firm formerly in
admitted to filing over 100 additional false
The defendant was arrested by investigators from the Westchester County District Attorneys office and the Department of Labor.
Bail was set at $500 cash or $1,000 bond.
defendant’s next court date is
She faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Nicole Gamble of the Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case.
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.