WASHINGTON – As part of a story about the phenomenon of different types of fraud perpetrated in the wake of the September 11 attacks, the Washington Post has profiled the trial of one of the alleged Municipal Credit Union fraudsters. The Post reported the case of James Allen, a Housing Authority employee who, before the attacks, had never had end of month balances of more than $130. After the attacks prosecutor Leroy Frazer Jr., chief of the special prosecutions branch of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, said Allen withdrew over $10,000. “He went to Foot Locker, where he found sneakers. Then he went to Jimmy Jazz, which is a hip-hop clothing store on 125th Street, to get some new outfits,” the Post quoted Frazer as saying. “Then to Joy Joy Jewelry to get the bling bling, the gold jewelry to wear with his outfits.” “Then I guess he got hungry, because he went to Bronx BBQ. I assume he had company, because next he went to the Hot Booz liquor store, got him some liquor. And then he went to a motel on 216th Street” – a place, Frazer noted caustically, not known for extended stays. “He had himself a little party as a result of 9/11.”

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