Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Son of Mob Wives star is accused of unemployment fraud

Anthony Pagan

Staten Islander Anthony Pagan, the son of “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano, stands accused of unemployment fraud.

Pagan, 27, illegally received more than $3,000 in unemployment payments from February through April of 2018 while he was working for a construction company, according to the criminal complaint.

The arrest stems from an investigation by the Economic Crimes Bureau of the District Attorney’s Office.

A review of business records of the New York State Department of Labor was part of the probe.

The complaint alleges that while Pagan “was employed and earning income from his employer, Tishman Construction Corp., the defendant certified to the New York State Department of Labor” the he was “totally unemployed and as a result received unemployment benefits issued by the New York State Department of Labor that defendant was not entitled to.”

Pagan is accused in the complaint of “utilizing the computer systems of the New York State Department of Labor to create false entries... in that defendant did fraudulently assert that defendant was totally unemployed and entitled to said benefits, when in fact the defendant was employed.”

The funds were directly deposited into a KeyBank benefits account accessed with a debit card mailed to the home address that Pagan listed on the application for unemployment benefits, the complaint states.

The complaint alleges that Pagan “did not have permission or authority to take, remove or possess said currency due to his employment status.”

Pagan has been charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and falsifying business records.

He was issued a desk appearance ticket on Monday and released on his own recognizance.

He is due to appear in Criminal Court on Nov. 23, according to public records.

“I am vigorously defending Anthony’s case,” said Dawn Florio, his defense attorney. “It is a pending case so I will not be commenting further.”

Graziano became famous for her appearances on VH1′s “Mob Wives,” which was created by her sister, executive producer Jennifer Graziano.

The show was canceled in 2015 after six seasons.



Post a Comment