N.Y. woman admits to scamming $180K from Jewish National Fund

Julie Wiener

NEW YORK (JTA) — A suburban New York woman admitted to stealing another person’s identity in order to scam more than $180,000 from the Jewish National Fund.

Marie Augustin, 42, of Westbury, Long Island, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Nassau County Court to third-degree larceny and first-degree identity theft, the The Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors said Augustin used a fake driver’s license in another person’s name and opened several bank accounts in the names of companies contracting with the Israel charity in order to cash checks stolen from the group’s office in Rockville Centre, L.I.

Augustin first came to the attention of authorities when she deposited a stolen check for $71,239.24 and then tried to withdraw the cash from the account.

She deposited two other large checks into other fake accounts, according to the Nassau County District Attorney.

The identity theft victim had no ties to the JNF, the district attorney said, according to Long Beach Patch.

Augustin is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 29 to two consecutive terms of nine months in jail and required to pay $180,577.48 to the JNF.