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Brooklyn ‘Woo Gang’ Members Used 800 Stolen ID’s to Receive $4 Million in Covid Relief Funds

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A Brooklyn-based gang, the “Woo gang” got their hands on more than $4 million in COVID-19 relief cash before they were caught and charged. 11 suspects in total were charged Thursday.

The gang members boasted about the scam in a music video, the feds said. The New York Post reports the criminal complaint against them reveals the individuals used personal information, including driver’s license numbers, from 800 people to submit unemployment claims adding up to roughly $20 million.

The gang members were able to receive around $4.3 million in total from the unemployment program between March 2020 and October 2021. In addition to bragging about their successful scamming in a rap music video for the song ‘Trappin’, many of the members also “flashed stacks of the cash on social media.”

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Breon Peace said he will continue to go after gang members attempting to rip off the U.S. government. “These government programs are designed to provide financial assistance to those who are most in need during an unprecedented pandemic” said Peace.

“Unfortunately government aid programs have long been a feeding frenzy for scammers but the scale and the magnitude of the fraud in the unemployment program created by the CARES act has reached staggering levels” said Nino Perrotta, President of Sequoia Securities Group.

“Unfortunately because of the haste in implementing the government programs, they continue to lack the necessary checks and balances required in securing the programs overall integrity” added Perrotta. “With regards to recovery of these stolen assets, unless large sums of the money is in cash at the time they were arrested, or in bank accounts in the names of the alleged defendants, the process for recovery is both time consuming and very technical.”

Feds recovered messages of the suspects, Christopher Jean Pierre, who bought the identifying information of his victims, such as driver’s license numbers, for $150 each. Jean Pierre made the purchases from someone identified as “Skyscraper” on an encrypted messaging app.

Peace said “this Office and its law enforcement partners will vigorously prosecute gang members and anyone else who exploits the pandemic and steals from taxpayer-funded programs.”

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  1. Anne Leonardi

    February 21, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    So much money was stolen from the government handouts that will never be reclaimed. My husband received a letter during that time saying that he had applied for unemployment benefits. Of course he never did and he contacted the department which had sent it to him. He never heard another word. So many scams will go unpunished because of NY’s lenient laws. It’s absolutely sickening.

  2. Stephane

    February 21, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks to all the DEMON RATS AGs, and the DEMON RATS mayors, and the “defund the police” imbeciles, as well as the “””senile rapist racist chinese buffoon” in the White House and his co-conspirators, pelosi, scheemer, “44 the TRAITOR”, etc the WELFARE system has created a slew of LAZIES who find nothing better to do than to scheme the system!
    Thank you DEMON RATS!
    ALL OF YOU who signed on these bills with the RINOS TRAITORS!

  3. Patrick

    February 21, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    We all know the chances of one dime being recovered from this predictable scam is slim to none, with an emphasis on none. These thugs will be slapped on the wrist & made to promise not to do this again. Tsk,tsk

  4. John

    February 22, 2022 at 2:25 am

    What do you expect from KneeGrow’s????

  5. Richard

    February 22, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Did he have to give back his Michel Jordan’s? That had to hurt?:)
    I heard they were going to give a large portion to the sisters of the poor and send one of their members to Congress. Man even belonging to a gang doesn’t protect you in this world today.

  6. Disgusted

    February 22, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    So what is being done about that?

  7. Sad4theUS

    February 24, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    I can’t imagine who all cheated to steal money from the covid relief… It’s in the billions, and it’s a pretty long line with the Democrats in the lead.

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Former Harvard medical professor says he was fired for opposing Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates

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“My hope is that someday, Harvard will find its way back to academic freedom and independence.” That is the heartfelt message from Dr. Martin Kulldorff, a former Harvard University professor of medicine since 2003, who recently announced publicly he was fired for “clinging to the truth” in his opposition to Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

Kulldorff posted the news on social media alongside an essay published in the City Journal last week. The epidemiologist and biostatistician also spoke with National Review about the incident. Kulldorff says he was fired by the Harvard-affiliated Mass General Brigham hospital system and put on a leave of absence by Harvard Medical School in November 2021 over his stance on Covid.

Nearly two years later, in October 2023, his leave of absence was terminated as a matter of policy, marking the end of his time at the university. Harvard severed ties with Kulldorff “all on their initiative,” he said.

The history of the medical professional’s public stance on Covid-19 vaccines and mandates is detailed by National Review:

Censorship and rejection led Kulldorff to co-author the Great Barrington Declaration in October 2020 alongside Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University. Together, the three public-health scientists argued for limited and targeted Covid-19 restrictions that “protect the elderly, while letting children and young adults live close to normal lives,” as Kulldorff put it in his essay.

“The declaration made clear that no scientific consensus existed for school closures and many other lockdown measures. In response, though, the attacks intensified—and even grew slanderous,” he wrote, naming former National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins as the one who ordered a “devastating published takedown” of the declaration.

Testifying before Congress in January, Collins reaffirmed his previous statements attacking the Great Barrington Declaration.

Despite the coordinated effort against it, the document has over 939,000 signatures in favor of age-based focused protection.

The Great Barrington Declaration’s authors, who advocated the quick reopening of schools, have been vindicated by recent studies that confirm pandemic-era school closures were, in fact, detrimental to student learning. The data show that students from third through eighth grade who spent most of the 2020–21 school year in remote learning fell more than half a grade behind in math scores on average, while those who attended school in person dropped a little over a third of a grade, according to a New York Times review of existing studies. In addition to learning losses, school closures did very little to stop the spread of Covid, studies show.

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