“These guilty pleas put high-tech cyber thieves on notice: the Manhattan D.A.’s Office has built the expertise, resources, and seamlessly collaborative partnerships to find you, hold you accountable, and secure justice for your victims,” stated District Attorney Vance.
“As alleged, Mr. Blotnick repeatedly took advantage of a system intended to provide lifelines to small businesses and their employees during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said District Attorney Vance. “At a time when nearly 3,000 businesses were forced to close their doors across New York City, Mr. Blotnick diverted millions in vital PPP funds for his own personal gain.”
“Mr. Oaks is accused of fraudulently transferring the cell phone numbers of more than 300 people to phones in his possession,” said District Attorney Vance.