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WCBS 880: Manhattan DA Says Complex Cocaine, Prescription Pills And Financial Fraud Ring Broken Up

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – This was not Thomas Luckey’s lucky day.

Luckey, 38, was indicted Thursday as the alleged leader of an all-purpose crime ring, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.

The Harlem-based crime ring specialized in everything from street level cocaine trafficking to dealing in oxycodone pills to financial fraud, Cornell reported.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the case shows criminals will make money any way the can, be it on the streets or online, Cornell reported.

“This case started as an investigation into street-level cocaine dealers, but that was only the tip of the iceberg,” Vance said. “Investigators unraveled a diverse array of illegal moneymaking schemes that involved stealing victims’ personal identifying information to fill forged oxycodone prescriptions and cashing counterfeit checks. This case illustrates the growing intersection between street crime and white-collar crime.”

The alleged financial fraud involved identity theft and a counterfeit check ring which targeted major banks.

Luckey was arrested along with dozens of other co-conspirators.

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