NY Jury Convicts Politician in Unemployment Scheme

Michael Fagen is accused of continuing to receive unemployment benefits of $405 a week after taking office as councilman

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    A Long Island politician has been convicted of filing a false claim for unemployment.

    Nassau County prosecutors say Long Beach city councilman Michael Fagen faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced in April.

    Nassau County prosecutors say Fagen, who was elected in 2009, earned an annual salary of $19,828 as a city councilman.

    He was accused of continuing to receive unemployment benefits of $405 a week after taking office.

    Fagen was convicted Tuesday of 18 counts of offering a false Instrument for filing and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

    The jury deadlocked on one count of grand larceny and 20 counts of offering a false instrument for filing.

    Attorney Marc Gann said Fagen was entitled to benefits, arguing his work as a councilman is part-time.

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