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Sept. 15, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. and New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Rearden jointly announced today that six individuals were arraigned in White Plains City Court on Sept. 14, 2017 and charged with the theft of unemployment benefits.

 Cesar Martinez, 50 years old of New Rochelle, NY was arraigned on a felony complaint charging him with:

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

 Armando Escobar, 58 years old of Mount Vernon, 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.

 Hector Torres-Alcarez, 51 years old, of New Rochelle, 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.

Federico Martinez, 56 years old of New Rochelle, 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.

Alvaro Munguia, 28 years old New Rochelle, 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.

Cristian Munguia, 30 years old of New Rochelle, 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. Federico Martinez, Cesar Martinez and Hector Torres were working at Almstead Tree and Shrub Care located in New Rochelle. Christian Munguia and Alvaro Munguia were working at the Ardsley Country Club in Ardsley-On-Hudson. Armando Escobar was working at AG Williams Painting located in Pelham. 

From 2010 to 2016 each of these defendants allegedly claimed unemployment benefits from the New York State Department of Labor by falsely certifying online or 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.

The total amount of unemployment benefits stolen collectively by these defendants was $49,780.00.

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.

The next court date for Alvaro Munguia and Cristian Munguia is on Oct. 6, 2017. The next court date for Hector Torres-Alcarez and Armando Escobar is on Oct. 12, 2017.  The next court date for Cesar Martinez and Federico Martinez is Oct. 30, 2017. 

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

 

Cesar Martinez

Armando Escobar

Hector Torres Alcarez

Cesar Martinez
Armando Escobar
Hector Torres-Alcarez

Federico Martinez

Alvaro Munguia

Cristian Munguia

Federico Martinez
Alvaro Munguia
Cristian Munguia

 

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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