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13 individuals from the Bronx and Westchester schemed to steal cash from two experience-sharing corporations, in accordance with a federal grievance filed in Manhattan.

The suspects accessed the businesses’ drivers’ accounts and transferred tens of millions of dollars into their very own accounts, stated Joon Kim, appearing United States Lawyer for the Southern District of New York. 

They have been charged with conspiring to commit wire fraud, which carries a most 20 years in federal jail, conspiracy to commit entry system fraud, which carries a most 7.5 years in jail, and aggravated id theft, which carries a compulsory sentence of two years in jail. 

“These thirteen defendants allegedly developed a classy scheme to swindle arduous-working drivers out of their revenue,” Kim stated in a press release. “Via elaborate id theft and phishing, the defendants allegedly diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars from firm accounts to line their very own pockets.”

The suspects tricked drivers into offering distinctive private identifiers and different info that was used to entry their driver accounts, which the suspects modified to divert the funds into their private accounts, Kim stated. 

By means of the course of the scheme, the suspects compromised hundreds of driver accounts, in accordance with the federal prosecutor. 

Kim stated scheme members performed totally different and a number of roles: 

  • Bronx resident Louis Pina and Mount Vernon residents Malik Grey, George Joseph and Devon Williams used social media, together with Snapchat, to coordinate and convey new individuals into the scheme.
  • Pina, Grey, Joseph, Williams and Hakeen Baldeo, of Rye Brook, made calls to drivers impersonating their corporations, which weren’t named within the grievance. 
  • Pina, Williams, Mount Vernon resident Akeem Krubally and Bronx resident Johnny Serrano hacked into the drivers’ accounts to vary the checking account info. 
  • Pina, Grey, Joseph, Krubally, Mount Vernon residents Theresa Outerbridge, Quinteen Lynch and Tanesha Ford, Baldeo, Yonkers resident Khalid Nazzal, Bronx residents Francisco Viruet and Thalia Caquias and Serrano all acquired cash from the drivers and withdrew “giant quantities of money,” Kim stated. 

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