Sea Cliff Man Stole $1.2M From Dead Woman, Feds Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Sea Cliff man was accused of stealing $1.2 million from the estate of his tenant, forging her will and having her cremated after he found her dead last year, federal authorities said.A grand jury indicted John Derounian on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to defraud the estate of the elderly victim.“Driven by greed, the defendant allegedly went to great lengths to perpetrate his fraudulent scheme to steal an elderly woman’s entire life-savings,” said Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the 51-year-old suspect claimed to have found his tenant dead in her Sea Cliff home and then orchestrated a scheme to steal $200,000 from her accounts, sell her real estate for $1 million and then pocket the proceeds.The fake will also made him executor of her estate, authorities said. Derounian, who was previously arrested, will be arraigned Tuesday at Central Islip federal court. Authorities did not release the woman’s name.last_img read more

JEP celebrates 40th anniversary with new program

first_imgUSC students participating in the program teach and mentor high school and middle school students. JEP has been adding programs in the past decade as more students decide to serve.Tammy Anderson, executive director of JEP, said on average 1,100 students participate in JEP each semester and 20 to 25 percent of those students have participated before.“It just shows that more and more, our students want to be involved. They want to be part of the solution to problems and test out their own abilities,” Anderson said.This semester, JEP created a program for international relations students and formed new partnerships with USC Cadets, who will help them run a boot camp, and the California Conservation Corps.“We try to add programs that will give our students different experiences than [those] we already offer,” Anderson said.Travis Glynn, a junior majoring in international relations who has worked at JEP for two years, runs the new program. He said it will allow students form USC to talk at middle schools and high schools about international relations issues related to Los Angeles.“We will discuss issues ranging from trade and migration to court security and public safety,” Glynn said.JEP will also be continuing a program that allows international students to teach about their homelands and cultures.Though plans to formally celebrate JEP’s 40th anniversary have been postponed until the house is finished, Anderson is encouraging students who have participated in JEP to go online to share their most memorable moments working at JEP.“It’s an important milestone for a program like ours to be at a big research university like USC for so long. Its students want to be engaged, and our full time staff and student staff have been here and committed to the program,” Anderson said. “That’s the key to why we’ve been so successful.”The JEP house is being renovated for the next nine months to provide more space for the growing program. JEP is now temporarily housed at The Lot.JEP Program Assistant Coordinator Nicole Kohansamad. a junior majoring in business, said the project allows students to interact with the community in a new way.“It’s a small amount of time during your week that will have a big impact on you. It exposes you to what is going on in the community, and it gets you out of the USC bubble,” Kohansamad said. “JEP is really for someone who wants a rewarding experience to learn about other people and themselves.” As part of the Joint Education Project’s 40th anniversary, the organization created a program with international students and formed partnerships with USC Cadets and California Conservations Corps.Cleaning house · The Joint Educational Project added a program that will allow USC students to teach middle and high school students about international relations. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Rep Lightner announces February office hours

first_img State Rep. Sarah Lightner invites residents to join her for office hours in Jackson, Pleasant Lake and Eaton Rapids during the month of February.“Hosting regular office hours is one of my top priorities,” Rep. Lightner said. “Being accessible and accountable to people in my district is an essential aspect of being a state legislator.”Monday, Feb. 11:11 a.m. to Noon at Biggby Coffee, 3039 E. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.Friday, Feb. 22:11 a.m. to Noon at Henrietta Township Hall, 11732 Bunkerhill Road in Pleasant Lake.Monday, Feb. 25:11 a.m. to Noon at Robin’s Nest, 6053 S. Clinton Trail in Eaton Rapids.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Lightner at 517-373-1775 or via email at [email protected] Categories: Lightner News 01Feb Rep. Lightner announces February office hourslast_img read more