Father, son charged with abusing nonprofit funds
A father and son from Melville are accused of pocketing money from a nonprofit group that helps people battling drug addiction.
According to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Alan Brand and his son, Jason Brand, abused Narco Freedom to pay for their own lavish lifestyles, including mansions in Florida and expensive cars.
Narco Freedom is a substance abuse agency that serves thousands of New Yorkers. It receives roughly $38 million in Medicaid funding.
The attorney general says the pair funneled cash from the nonprofit group to line their own pockets. He says Jason was cashing in on a bogus insurance claim of $3.5 million for one of his nonprofit's sites.
Jason's father is accused of taking taxpayer-funded Medicaid reimbursements to expand his car collection. A Corvette, Jaguar and Tesla were all seized by authorities Wednesday.
After appearing in a Bronx courtroom, attorneys for the pair said their clients are innocent and that all payments were proper.
Alan Brand posted $250,000 bail. Jason Brand posted $175,000 bail. Alan is due back in court in December.