Moped Gang of Migrants Utilizes Hacker to Breach Bank Accounts and Commit Grand Larceny, NYPD Reveals

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has disclosed new details regarding a sophisticated high-tech crime ring operated by a group of moped-riding migrants. The gang, consisting of individuals from various nations including Venezuela, Ecuador, Honduras, and Mexico, employed a hacker to breach bank accounts and make fraudulent charges at stores such as Home Depot. NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny emphasized that these criminal networks, particularly those led by Venezuelans like the recently apprehended Victor Parra, tend to exhibit a higher level of organization.

The modus operandi of the gang involves hacking into phones and stealing individuals’ banking records, gaining access to platforms like Venmo and Zelle to drain victims’ accounts. The stolen funds are then utilized for purchases at Home Depot or transferred to other accounts, including cash transactions. Once the accounts are depleted, the gang ships the phones overseas for sale.

One member of the moped gang, 19-year-old Cleyber Andrade, is set to be arraigned for crimes related to the wider criminal operation. The gang has been linked to 62 instances of grand larceny in New York City since November, including a shocking incident captured on video where a 62-year-old woman was violently dragged down a Brooklyn street, resulting in the theft of her belongings.

Authorities have already arrested Andrade and an alleged accomplice, Juan Uzcatgui, both of whom face charges of grand larceny, resisting arrest, and stolen property offenses. The police are actively seeking the arrest of ringleader Victor Parra, who has not yet been apprehended. Additionally, six other individuals connected to the criminal ring have been identified.

Parra’s operation was reportedly well-organized, with the ringleader using WhatsApp to communicate instructions to his associates. The gang’s scooter drivers allegedly earned $100 per day, while the individuals responsible for stealing phones could make between $300 and $600 per device.

Law enforcement agencies express concern over these criminal networks, as the migrants involved often employ multiple aliases and frequently change identities, making them challenging to track. The ability to swap identities and manipulate personal information turns them into what authorities refer to as “ghost perps.”

Author: CrimeDoor

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