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  • Writer's pictureEd Gaines

8 Accused of Stealing $2M in Coronavirus Relief, Flaunting Cash Online

A group of young Brooklyn men ripped off $2 million in COVID-19 relief funds by submitting fraudulent unemployment claims — and then stupidly posted pictures of themselves with the cash.

Six of the eight defendants — ranging in age from 18 to 25 — were charged in Brooklyn federal court.

Two of the suspects are still at large.

Four of the alleged thieves foolishly flaunted their fortunes on social media, posting pictures of themselves with large piles of cash.

The men stole personal information from people in the assistance program to obtain unemployment benefits.

Most of the benefits were funded by COVID-19 pandemic assistance programs.

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