Teaneck Woman Accused of Falsely Claiming Disabled Vet Owned Her Business

Miriam Friedman, 54, owner of Office Dimensions Inc., charged with wire fraud.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman (Patch file photo)
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman (Patch file photo)
A Teaneck woman was accused last week of fraudulently obtaining more than $1.2 million worth of government contracts by falsely claiming her small business was owned by a disabled veteran, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Miriam Friedman, 54, the owner of Office Dimensions Inc., a Teaneck-based furniture and design services company to industrial and government customers, was charged Wednesday with wire fraud.

According to a criminal complaint, Friedman and her husband control the revenue and day-to-day operations of Office Dimensions. Neither of them served in the military, but Friedman's father-in-law is a retired U.S. military veteran, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Friedman certified on Nov. 23, 2009 in a central registry for government contractors that the company was a service-disabled veteran-owned business, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Friedman claimed her father-in-law was the owner and operator of the business, the complaint said. However, "he had very little involvement with Office Dimensions and was not service-disabled," the complaint said.  Friedman then bid for VA contracts set aside from disabled veteran business owners, the complaint said.

Friedman obtained more than $1.2 million in VA contracts between January 2010 and November 2011, the complaint said.

Friedman faces as much as 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the gross loss or gain caused by the wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Yoni January 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM
Some advice for Miriam: Change your LinkedIn profile. It lists YOU and not your father-in-law as the Owner.
Tee Smyth January 13, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Sound advice, Yoni. LOL. Who is the gentleman in the photograph? Also, where is Noah?
John Santaella January 13, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Tee, the guy in the picture is US Attorney Paul Fishman. Miriam, get used to terrible food.
Bob Strong February 12, 2014 at 09:37 PM
Falsely claiming for disability is a huge issue. Disability claims are for those that cannot physically provide for themselves and their families. These claims are essential for keeping afloat those who are stuck in these difficult situations. http://www.socialsecurityesq.com


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