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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, May 28th

Eighteen suspects were charged Wednesday after a nine-month investigation for orchestrating an identity theft operation said to have targeted around 500 bank accounts. Two men involved in allegedly cashing millions of dollars in bogus checks were reportedly from the Bronx.
(Surprisingly, this is not the first time a "massive identity theft ring" occured. In 2002, a 48-year-old Bronx man was charged with being the "ringleader" of such a gig).

Democrat Anthony D. Weiner, reported to be City Controller William C. Thompson's only real threat in the mayoral race besides against Bloomberg, dropped out of the race Wednesday.

P.S. 68 in Wakefield closed today along with four other schools on suspicions of swine flu outbreaks. They plan to reopen doors June 1st. (Didn't know? Today Notify NYC has gone citywide. Now you can get cell phone text updates on school closings, health warnings, and more.)

Sen. Jeffrey Klein warned Bronx citizens today to steer clear of repair scams, as some residents may have been tricked out of hundreds of dollars by cleaning companies.

Assembly member Carl Heastie argues there should be a $1.2M payout to a Bronx pharmacy for prescriptions it filled for Medicaid subscribers while it was under suspension by New York State.

A Daily News reporter went to Blessed Sacrament today to talk to administrators and teachers about the grade school's newly famous alum, Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
Read about it here.


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