A Queens couple, comfortably living off the husband's limo-driver salary of nearly $100,000 a year, ripped off the city, state and federal governments for some $360,000 in welfare benefits, authorities said yesterday.
TAKEN FOR A RIDE
Marina Gavrielova, 36, and Arkadiy Abramov, 39, traveled to Cancun, Milan, the Bahamas and Jamaica while allegedly collecting public money meant to pay for child care, rent, health care and food.
According to prosecutors, Abramov earned up to $98,000 a year and owned a house in Jamaica, Queens, while his wife claimed to be a single mom paying rent.
Gavrielova, a licensed cosmetologist, claimed to bring home just $200 a week from nail-salon work and submitted letters from her "landlord" - Abramov - in which he "confirmed" her rent as $430 a month, prosecutors said.
When confronted by the city's Human Resources Administration, Abramov showed investigators tax returns that indicated his nearly six-figure income.
Investigators also found that Gavrielova's three kids used Abramov's last name. She had told HRA their father was unknown.
The couple, released on its own recognizance following arraignment on welfare-fraud charges, could get up to 15 years in prison.