By Oren Yaniv (NY Daily News)
December 4, 2012
The mother of a Hasidic teen defended her daughter’s character on Monday in the molestation trial of Satmar Hasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman.
But the defense attempted to attack the mother’s credibility by claiming she committed Medicaid fraud.
Rejecting the defense’s characterization of the 17-year-old alleged victim as driven by vengeance, her mother described her as “very loving, respectful, understanding, smart — what every mother would wish for.”
The teen said Weberman, 54, started sexually abusing in 2007, when she was 12.
The mother added that Weberman had previously counseled two of her older daughters. But her testimony stopped when the defense attempted to grill her on Medicaid fraud she allegedly committed by using her elderly mother’s name in an insurance application.
“If you were to say certain things under oath in the courtroom, I think you should be advised by a lawyer,” Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram told her.
Because of the possibility of self-incrimination, the mom’s testimony will resume Tuesday after she has named a lawyer.