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Woman who claimed to make meager living at strip club, faces seven years for welfare fraud

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NY Daily News

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.

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  1. AbigailAdams

    November 15th, 2012

    How about instead of putting her in jail at $30,000 to $50,000 more taxpayer dollars a year, the state makes her repay the stolen amount now and then makes her do an anti-fraud PSA and then work in a low-paying gov’t job for the 7 years she would have been in prison. House arrest, no access to any financial systems or ability to commit further fraud. Anything she earns above the amount it would have cost the state to incarcerate her will be withheld from her annual salary. No pension or other retirement benes.

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  2. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 15th, 2012

    Tim Geithners replacement is found at last.

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  3. Sarthurk

    November 15th, 2012

    Dem biches have been doing it for decades. What’s yer point?

    that’s where all the politicians have gotten that same tactic!

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  4. TheFineReport.com

    November 15th, 2012

    Seven years? That’s it?

    And no bail?

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  5. Edith McCrotch

    November 15th, 2012

    Make her Moochelle’s toilet brush holder for the next 4 years…bristles up 2 inches from her nose.

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  6. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 15th, 2012

    She used TurboTax, right?

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  7. bob

    November 15th, 2012

    Did she drive an ESSALADE?

    DID SHE????

    I bet she did.

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  8. Democrat

    November 15th, 2012

    Obama voter

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  9. Mr Happy

    November 15th, 2012

    30 grand after 8-years?
    That’s about $ 300 a month.

    Forget jail, take back the money, hit her with treble damages and call it a day.

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  10. Stirrin the B.S.

    November 15th, 2012

    She is why anyone in the hospitality (tips for living) business gets extra scutiny from the irs.

    You idiot, if you’re going to claim poverty, then you have to live poverty.

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  11. FreedomCat

    November 15th, 2012

    Future DemoRat politician in the making!

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  12. Moe tom

    November 15th, 2012

    Good for Jenna Doheny. We deserve it . Fuck us.

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  13. Moe tom

    November 15th, 2012

    We deserve it!

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  14. Nutjob

    November 15th, 2012

    But prosecutors said Janna Doheny was actually a scheming real estate shark who owned several luxury properties in Brooklyn, Long Island and Florida.

    Odds are she voted in all 3 places of residency.

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  15. Feraldog

    November 16th, 2012

    The difference between her and Pelosi?

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  16. tucsondon

    November 16th, 2012

    You cannot escape the long arm of the law! Now about that Corzine fellow……..

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  17. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    November 16th, 2012

    There are luxury properties in BROOKLYN???

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  18. shawnawa

    November 16th, 2012

    well shitfire, y’all

    why don’t she just hafta give layip dances (and mower) to everbody who showed they done paid mower than 5 grayind in taxes everyear

    mmmaaaayyyyann y’all

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