14 Elizabeth gang members indicted for white-collar crimes

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Officials say 14 members of an Elizabeth-based street gang face a 49-count indictment for white-collar crimes under New Jersey's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute.

NJ.com reports the indicted members of the 111 Neighborhood Crips gang are facing charges of filing false tax returns and manufacturing fake gift cards. Two suspects also face murder and attempted murder indictments.

Union County Prosecutor Grace Park says money from the scams was used to support imprisoned gang members.

Park says the defendants bought stolen identities to use in preparation of phony W-2 forms and made off with tens of thousands of dollars.

She says in a separate con the gang members obtained a machine to make fake gift cards and prepaid debit cards, which were then used in stores throughout the state.


Information from: NJ Advance Media.