Eight men (ages 18-25) from Brooklyn, New York, are accused of stealing $2 MILLION in COVID-19 relief money.
NY Post reports, the men submitted fraudulent unemployment claims and flashed wads of money on social media. Prosecutors say they stole personal information from people in the assistance program to get the benefits.
They allegedly funneled the funds to their bank accounts and withdrew the cash. According to surveillance images and the court documents, they were caught with a combined total of more than 100 Key Bank debit cards in other people’s names.
Six of the eight defendants were charged in federal court. The suspects arrested Tuesday are Byan Abraham, 18, Carlos Vazquez, 20, Angel Cabrera, 18, Gianni Stewart, 19, Andre Ruddock, 25, and Seth Golding, 18. All six were released on a $75,000 bond. The report notes two of the suspects,Armani Miller, 24, and Johan Santos, 19 — are still at large.
All eight defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, prosecutors said. They filed the claims between June 2020 and April 2021.