Afternoon Briefing: 6 charged in alleged conspiracy to stage armed robberies

Good afternoon, Chicago.

Six people have been charged in federal court in Chicago with conspiring to stage armed robberies across the city and suburbs to qualify for U.S. immigration visas reserved for crime victims.

The indictment made public today alleged that from July 2022 until January, the conspirators paid actors to play the “robbers” and set up the phony crimes at locations such as Subway restaurants, Dunkin Donuts, liquor stores, gas stations and a smoothie shack.

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