Brooklyn street gang has been charged with pocketing more than $4.3 million in pandemic relief benefits

A Brooklyn street gang has been charged with pocketing more than $4.3 million in pandemic relief benefits, using stolen identities to file 1,000 fraudulent unemployment claims, prosecutors said.

Eleven members of the Woo gang were accused of filing more than $20 million in false benefit applications, about a fifth of which were approved, and having the payments sent to addresses they controlled.

Prosecutors said the gang was ultimately caught, in part, because members posted numerous pictures and videos of themselves online, flashing gang signs and piles of cash, often while standing in front of luxury cars, including Lamborghini and Mercedes Benz vehicles.

“Photographs and videos of the defendants posted on publicly accessible social-media pages show them (a.) expressing their allegiance to the Woo street gang through hand signs and other means, and flaunting their ill-gotten gains by displaying large stacks of United States currency and standing near luxury vehicles,” investigators wrote in the criminal complaint.

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