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The 55 items seized by the Manhattan district attorney’s office are thought to have been stolen from archaeological sites and illegally brought into the United States.
“The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was created to help those New Yorkers who urgently needed financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said District Attorney Bragg. “As alleged, these individuals masqueraded as nineteen unwitting victims, stealing $135,000 from the State of New York. My Office’s Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau will continue to unravel and prosecute frauds that harm our state’s ability to support New Yorkers hardest hit by the pandemic.”
“While this collection of exquisite ancient artifacts is valued at 20 million dollars, each piece is an irreplaceable display of Greece’s enduring strength, history, and cultural heritage,” said District Attorney Bragg.
“All workers deserve to be fully protected in the event of an on-site injury – especially in an industry as dangerous as construction. As alleged in this indictment, instead of securing coverage for their workers, these defendants used a multi-million dollar off-the-books compensation scheme to avoid paying premiums, leaving their employees uninsured for years. My Office’s Rackets Bureau is ensuring that workers have both the safety precautions and workers’ compensation protections they need to do their jobs without fear.”