Woman collected Medicaid benefits while living in SI mansion: DA

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) – A Staten Island woman collected 50-thousand in Medicaid benefits while lathering in a luxurious $2.4 million home.

Hasime Lika was indicted Thursday in Brooklyn criminal court on charges of grand larceny, false instrument for filing, welfare fraud and petit larceny.

“New York taxpayers fund Medicaid to help low-income families get necessary medical treatments, not to provide health insurance to wealthy individuals who would rather not pay for their own coverage,” said District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Prosecutors say she was pretending to struggle in Williamsburg while taking laps in her pool in Staten Island.  She applied for Medicaid benefits and received them in 2006, for her and her children, according to a DA release.

Even worse, prosecutors revealed that her husband, Bill Lika, was worth at least $5 million in assets and owned 14 buildings in Brooklyn between 2008 and 2010.

According to the indictment, Hasime successfully applied for the benefits by hiding the $35,000 she had in her checking account at the time, as well as her relationship to Bill Lika.

She is accused of making off with $47,494.63 in benefits for her and her children.