Headlines: Mount Vernon dog mauling, Medicaid fraud in Yonkers, Bronxville bankruptcy fraud
Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
Mount Vernon officials are reminding residents to be responsible pet owners while investigators look into an alleged dangerous dog in the city. Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard says she's aware of an alleged dog mauling on March 14. The Westchester County Department of Health has also been notified. Officials say both the complainant and dog owner are awaiting court proceedings. To foster a safe environment, the city urges pet owners to make sure their pets are leashed and trained.
A Yonkers man has been sentenced to 95 months in prison for leading an $8 million Medicaid fraud scheme. Julio Alvarado is convicted of heading the scheme to defraud Medicaid through the billing of fraudulent transportation claims. In addition to prison time, Alvarado was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $8,507,115 in restitution.
A former attorney from Bronxville is facing federal charges for bankruptcy fraud. Officials say John Roesser owed the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars in income taxes and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He's accused of lying about his receipt of millions of dollars so he could retain his assets, including a multimillion-dollar home and luxury sports car, while avoiding his bills. Officials say creditors can now take steps to seize Roesser's assets to pay his debts.