The Van Dyke Money Gang out of Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York has supposedly lived up to its name by getting money. Lots of it. Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has unsealed the indictment of 12 members of the gang for committing serious bank fraud, to the tune of $1.5 million, as well as aggravated identity theft.
The feds have found that the Van Dyke Money Gang has been running this “Money Order Scheme” from December 2103 to now. The scheme spanned 350 banks from the boroughs of NYC to Boston to Washington, DC. The indictment states:
In furtherance of the Money Order Scheme, members of the VDMG and others recruited bank account holders and then used the accounts of those individuals to deposit fraudulent money orders. Members of the VDMG and others then withdrew the money from the bank accounts. The Money Order Scheme entailed, among other things, fraudulently obtaining blank Postal Money Orders and Western Union Money Orders. Members of the VDMG and others printed a specific dollar amount, usually under $1,000, onto the money orders and then deposited those fraudulent money orders into bank accounts.
The arrested Van Dyke Money Gang members each face a charge with one count of conspiring to commit bank fraud and one count of bank fraud, charges that carry a maximum 30-year prison sentence. They each, also, face a count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence.
According to Breaking 911, the following Van Dyke Money Gang members were arrested:
Angel “Ace” Villalba
Anthony “Ant” Faber
Curtis “Murda” Congress
Meliek “Mickey” Sanders
Junior “OG Rob” Antwi
George “Panama” Fandal
Isaac “K-Tone” Gonzalez
Tyrone “Pumpkin” Baker
Stanley “Stan” Currie
Leroy “Pops” Smith
Eric “Boogs Von Swavy” Ballinger
Terell “Lil’ Biscuit” Stewart