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Graphic by Jay Lane
Graphic by Jay Lane

Health aide stole 800G

A crooked home health aide was found guilty yesterday of ripping off an elderly disabled woman by having her write hundreds of checks for everyday things — like “ice cream” and “laundry” — which she then deposited into her own bank account. Queens jurors nailed Bronx resident Jackie Pokuwaah, 53, on all charges for the $800,000 check-writing scheme, which began in 2007 and lasted until she was arrested in April 2011. Pokuwaah convinced 86-year-old Renee Fuld to sign more than 400 checks, made payable to the defendant. Read More: New York Post

Queens man charged with credit-repair scam

A Queens businessman fixed bad credit the easy way — he stole new IDs for his clients, authorities said. Benjamin Cardova, 45, owner of Financial Institution Recovery Services, in Richmond Hill, allegedly used a rubber stamp with a Georgia judge’s and clerk’s names to approve customers with forged name-change documents. He allegedly charged between $700 to $3,000 to create a fresh start with credit-reporting agencies. “Instead of throwing them a lifeline, in reality, he was alleged to have exposed businesses to bad debtors who were financially drowning and assisted their customers in burying themselves deeper in debt,” said Queens DA Richard Brown. Read More: New York Post

Triple Overtime Win Gives Rangers 2-1 Lead In Conference Semifinals

Three overtime periods? No problem for the resilient New York Rangers. Marian Gaborik scored with five minutes left in triple overtime to give the Blue Shirts a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals early Thursday morning, and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series. It was the first overtime playoff win in eight tries for the Rangers, whose last seven extra-frame playoff games had gone for losses. The Rangers quieted the Washington crowd midway through the second period when captain Ryan Callahan opened the scoring on a deflection off a Michael Del Zotto shot. But Washington countered four minutes later when defenseman John Carlson put a shot over the shoulder of Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Read More: NY1


Day Care Programs Among Expected Cuts In Mayor’s New Budget

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to release a nearly $70 billion dollar budget proposal on Thursday. Teachers cuts are off the table and revenue from the tourism industry and from film and TV production are up. Tax dollars from Wall Street may be down, but a huge settlement with a CityTime contractor has filled the gap. Even with that, Bloomberg’s 11th budget proposal could still be a tough sell.  “We remain concerned, as we have been for many years, about any proposals to shutter fire companies or ladder companies or firehouses and there is also significant cuts in other youth services programs,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.  Read More: NY1


Mets outfielder’s humble beginnings at Bayside Little League

A group of strapping men stand on well-manicured grass awaiting their marching orders. “Move it, move it, move it,” a clean-cut coordinator barks at them. “Kick those heels.” They run through various forms of calisthenics, swiveling their hips, stretching their hamstrings and expanding their lungs. It’s a variation on the same warm-ups they’ve done for decades from back when their tiny cleats used to kick the dirt near home plate. Read More: Daily News

Queens school plans to go sugar-free 

An Astoria school has banned bake sales and swapped out chocolate milk for water in an effort to make the school healthier. The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria is working with a nutritionist to eventually make the all-girls, public middle and high school completely sugar-free. Many of the school’s roughly 500 students have also pledged to eat better. “We wanted to raise awareness about making healthy choices,” said Principal Laura Mitchell. “My hope is when [the students\] leave the building, they continue to make healthy choices and educate their families.” Read More: Daily News