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Alleged Brooklyn gang members tied to credit card scheme involving dolls, guns arrested

Posted at 11:22 PM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-13 23:22:12-05

NEW YORK — The NYPD and the acting Brooklyn District Attorney announced the arrest of 35 alleged gang members Tuesday.

“To those who are from Brownsville, this is the end of Hoodstarz violence,” said Commissioner James O’Neill.

Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said during a press conference the gang was bankrolled with stolen credit card information, “we believe this credit card information was obtained on the dark web where hackers can post this financial information for sale.”

Investigators say gang members printed their own phony credit cards using equipment including embossing machines.

The 35 men and women arrested were charged in 15 indictments with narcotics distribution, weapons possession and identity theft.