Pastor among those accused of defrauding thousands in health care benefits

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PHOENIX -- A pastor who was recently in a public battle with the City of Phoenix is among those accused of defrauding $118,000 from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Tom Horne announced that Michael Salman, his wife Suzanne Salman, and his brother Frank Salman have been indicted by the State Grand Jury.

Michael and Suzanne Salman are accused of lying about their income to the Arizona Department of Economic Security in order to receive health benefits through the AHCCCS for themselves and their children.

The state alleges that Michael and Suzanne Salman caused the AHCCCS to pay $73,000 in medical coverage.

Frank Salman is also accused of lying about his income in order to receive benefits for his family. He’s alleged to have received $45,000 in medical coverage.

“It is unacceptable for anyone who does not legitimately need AHCCCS assistance to devise this kind of scheme that ultimately rips off taxpayers and depletes badly-needed resources for the truly needy,” said Horne.

Michael, Suzanne, and Frank Salman are all facing multiple criminal charges, including theft and forgery.

Michael Salman was previously in the news for his dispute with the City of Phoenix over a church in his backyard.

He was eventually sentenced to 60 days in jail after a judge determined that he was holding church services without the proper permits, and in a space with numerous code violations.

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