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Queens Man Indicted In Alleged Money Laundering, Identity Theft Scam

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A Queens man has been indicted in a massive money laundering and identity theft scam at an Elmhurst apartment complex.

The Queens district attorney says that 45-year-old Olawale Akinnawonu of LeFrak City is facing a 134-count indictment.

Officials say he broke into mailboxes and stole dozens of his neighbors' identities and more than $100,000 between November 2011 and May 2013.

Neighbors NY1 spoke with were surprised by the allegations.

"Do you want that to happen to your mother or your grandmother? That's something to think about," said one person. "How's somebody going to take these people's mail and they looking out every month for these checks?"

"As far as for stuff like that, that's, like, another level. I've never heard anything like that," said another. "So this is surprising to me."

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says to check your credit report and see if any accounts have been fraudulently opened in your name.

If you suspect you're a victim, call the Economic Crimes Bureau at 718-286-6673.

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