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Street gangs migrate from drugs to white-collar crimes

6 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Monday, December 21 2015 Dec 21, 2015 December 21, 2015 11:59 AM December 21, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Colleen Long

NEW YORK - The Van Dyke Money Gang in New York made off with more than $1.5 million this year - but it wasn't in gunpoint robberies or drug running, it was a Western Union money order scheme.

In New Jersey, 111 Neighborhood Crips used a machine to make dozens of fake gift cards for supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores.

In South Florida, gangs steal identities to file false tax returns.

These aren't members of an organized Mafia, or a dark web band of hackers - they're street gangs netting millions in white-collar schemes like identity theft and credit card fraud. In some instances, giving up the old ways of making an illicit income for easier crimes with shorter sentences.

Law enforcement officials say they increasingly see more gangs relying on such crimes.

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