Identity Theft Ring Members Indicted For Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Conspiracy

Published on February 23, 2022, 7:00 pm
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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of an identity theft and fraud ring for conspiring to steal pandemic-related unemployment benefits beginning in June 2020.

Defendants Twanek Cummings, 31, Danea Thomas, 32, Terry Wright, 32, Myra Parmley, 32, David Johnson, 35, and Chenoa Giles, 34, used the personal identifying information of at least 19 identity theft victims to create unemployment assistance accounts with the New York State Department of Labor, and wrongfully obtain more than $135,000 in benefits.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.

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