The AFP Global News Agency reported yesterday that federal prosecutors in Brazil have pressed charges against 20 individuals who claimed they were relatives of air crash victims.
According to prosecutors, the fraudsters faked social security documents and claimed they were relatives of deceased victims. In reality, those victims had no heirs. The fraudsters then illegally collected pensions, and allegedly netted $1.6 million from the scam.
Plane crash victims from the following 3 crashes were targeted by the gang:
- Air France Flight 447,
- Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907, and
- TAM Airlines Flight 3054.