Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced that Jashaad Gulifield, 30, of 11 Highview Court, Nyack, New York was sentenced to an indeterminate term in state prison of three to six years on his guilty plea to welfare fraud in the third degree, a class “D” felony, three years in state prison on his guilty plea to criminal sexual assault in the third degree, a class “D” felony and three years in state prison on his guilty plea criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a class “D” felony.
Gulifield also received five years and two years post-release supervision on the sexual assault and drug charges, respectively. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Additionally, the defendant was ordered to pay restitution of $6,015 to the Rockland County Department of Social Services. Between November 2011 and June 2012, the defendant falsified applications submitted to the Rockland County Department of Social Services, making it possible for him to fraudulently receive public assistance, including Medicaid benefits and food stamps. Specifically, Gulifield lied about his residence and income, stating he was unemployed, while, in fact, he was working as a laborer.
On June 9, 2012, in Central Nyack, Gulifield arranged to meet a 16-year-old female. During their encounter, the defendant sexually assaulted the victim in a parked car. On July 26, 2012, at the BP gas station on Route 303 in Congers, the defendant sold Oxycodone to another individual.
Gulifield is a predicate felon identified during a June, 2012 sweep of welfare fraud and other criminality at the Waldron Terrace Housing Complex in Central Nyack. The investigation was conducted jointly by the Special Investigations Unit of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and the Town of Clarkstown Police Department. Senior Assistant District Attorney Kristen Conklin, Supervising Assistant District Attorney Dominic Crispino and Assistant District Attorney John McGowan prosecuted the cases.