Former NHL forward Berezin arrested for alleged fraud

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Former NHL forward Sergei Berezin and his wife have been arrested in Palm Beach County and are facing allegations of Medicaid and food stamp fraud following an undercover investigation, per WPBF 25 News.

Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit believes the couple contacted the American Advisory Associates to get benefits they weren’t eligible for. From there the American Advisory Associates allegedly bribed DCF workers, resulting in Berezin receiving $67,000 in billed benefits from Jan. 2010 through Dec. 2013.

Berezin was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1994 and made his NHL debut during the 1996-97 campaign. He went on to play in 502 NHL contests with Toronto, the Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, and Washington Capitals.

With his playing career behind him, Berezin told an informant that he earns $100,000 by training hockey players and through rental properties.

(H/T Postmedia Network)