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‘Reverse Robin Hood' scammers accused of tricking city into giving them $2.7 million in rent assistance checks


Added 11-14-19 08:13:02pm EST - “Five scam artists tricked the city into giving them more than $2.7 million in subsidy checks slated for poor families paying the rent, federal prosecutors said Thursday.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “‘Reverse Robin Hood’ scammers accused of tricking city into giving them $2.7 million in rent assistance checks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Five scam artists stole more than $2.7 million in rent subsidy checks meant to fund housing for poor families, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The scammers were indicted in what prosecutors on called a “reverse Robin Hood” scheme involving fake IDs, phony addresses and more than 50 bank accounts.

In all, they managed to steal more than 4,000 checks the New York City Human Resources Administration had sent out since 2015 to people the agency believed needed rent assistance.

One of the suspects, Salifoy Conde, 29, worked for a courier company hired by the city to pick up “undeliverable” rent subsidy checks from a mailbox at the Church Street Post Office in Manhattan’s Financial District, prosecutors said.

But instead of returning the checks to the Human Resources Administration, Conde and his accomplices deposited them into an array of bank accounts, prosecutors said.

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