Jury Selection Begins in Jazz Health Larceny Case

A Norwalk jazz exec’s company holds the rights to reproduce the music of Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz greats, yet she is accused of putting her four children on the state's medical insurance program for the poor and using the cash to shop and pay for kids' modeling classes.

Now, jury selection begins to choose the people who will decide the legal fate of Lakisha Carpenter-Schatzman, 32, who officials say is president of Car Baby Music and Dizlo Music Corp.

Between 2004 to 2008, her children received $36,000 in aid from the state's Husky insurance program, officials said, but they say she did not need it. During those four years Carpenter-Schatzman companies took in more than $1 million.

The state Department of Social Services investigated and learned she used the money deposited into the accounts to shop at Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, and pay for modeling fees for her children, the Stamford Advocate reports, citing the affidavit.

She faces one to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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