Prosecutors say she actually owned several luxury properties in Brooklyn, Long Island and Florida and made shopping trips to Saks Fifth Avenue while claiming to be poor. She’s accused of scamming $29,000 from taxpayers since 2004. Her attorney raised several possibilities, including an improved financial picture she didn’t realize she had to report, and said he believes the case will be resolved swiftly.
She claimed to be a strip club worker struggling to make ends meet on just a few hundred dollars a week.
But prosecutors said Janna Doheny was actually a scheming real estate shark who owned several luxury properties in Brooklyn, Long Island and Florida.
Doheny, 43, filled out a Medicaid application, reporting an income of merely $1,550 from an unspecified job at a now-shuttered jiggle joint in Queens, authorities said. She was charged with fraud on Wednesday after investigators found her name on several condos and other assets.
She’s accused of scamming taxpayers out of $29,000 since 2004, screaming poverty even as she went on shopping trips to Victoria’s Secret and Saks Fifth Avenue. She deposited $100,000 annually to several bank accounts, according to an indictment filed in Brooklyn.
“It is not a matter of if people who steal money from public assistance programs will be caught — it is when,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.
Doheny faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of welfare fraud, grand larceny and other charges. She pleaded not guilty and was released without bail.