NYC Workers in Massive Fraud Scheme

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Investigation Uncovers Massive Theft by NYC Government Workers

Defendant Charde Baker/ Credit Steven Hirsch

An extensive probe into a ghost gun factory located in East Village of New York City has exposed a significant theft orchestrated by ten government employees, including a former NYPD officer, who devised plans to embezzle over $1 million from the city’s disadvantaged population, as per official reports.

An inquiry led by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office culminated in the indictment of 18 individuals on various charges relating to the manufacturing of ghost guns, defrauding the state’s pandemic assistance program, and engaging in residential burglaries, with all accusations stemming from an investigation initiated in 2022.

The New York Post disclosed these findings.

District Attorney Alvin Bragg emphasized in an official statement that the fraudulent activities were predominantly carried out by city workers, including several from the Department of Homeless Services, who exploited their positions of public trust for personal financial gain.

Additional public servants implicated in the legal entanglement encompass an NYPD school safety officer, an MTA employee, a NYCHA staff member, and two US Postal Service workers.

Former NYPD officer and current DHS employee Charde Baker, aged 35, alongside an unnamed accomplice and other agency personnel, stand accused of assuming the identities of unsuspecting victims, notably homeless residents under the city’s supervision, in order to defraud hundreds of thousands of dollars via fraudulent means.

Baker and the undisclosed co-conspirator purportedly orchestrated a scheme involving fictitious pandemic unemployment assistance claims submitted to the state Department of Labor under the victims’ names.

Following the approval of the claims, bank cards were issued and primarily dispatched to an address on the Upper East Side, where a different unnamed co-conspirator, a postal worker, intercepted them and distributed them to other defendants to access the embezzled funds, prosecutors alleged.

Collectively, 16 suspects, including five DHS employees, managed to pilfer $1.2 million from the over 170 false applications they submitted, according to the district attorney’s office.

During Baker’s arraignment, the assistant district attorney informed Manhattan Criminal Court that she squandered the ill-gotten funds on upscale shopping sprees and international holidays.

A co-defendant accompanied Baker on a vacation, “clearly using proceeds from the fraud to indulge themselves,” as per Kelley’s statement.

Shanice Roberts of the NYPD

 

Prior to her tenure with the NYPD, in collaboration with her indicted boyfriend, she schemed to commit a burglary when one of the other co-conspirators withheld funds from the elaborate operation, Kelley asserted. Subsequently, two individuals burglarized an apartment, absconding with $30,000 in cash.

School safety officer Shenice Roberts faces allegations of defrauding seven victims through falsified claims exceeding $140,000, routed to her residence, from which she received a share of the ill-gotten gains, Kelley disclosed.

Supposedly, when seeking assistance from Baker with the claims, she callously remarked, “F these people. Inflate their reported income,” according to prosecutors.

This sordid saga marks a distressing new benchmark in government corruption.

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