<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usMon, 22 Jan 2018 21:16:44 -0500Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:16:44 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[College Football Player From Brooklyn Shot to Death At Party]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:55:21 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/football-player-killed-0122.jpg

A college football player from Brooklyn was shot to death at a party in North Carolina, police said Saturday.

Najee Ali Baker, a walk-on at Winston-Salem State University, was shot and killed at a party at Wake Forest University, about 9 miles away from his college, according to authorities. 

The Winston-Salem Journal reports an email from Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch said Baker was shot during a fight at a party in The Barn, which Wake Forest officials describe as a student-centered social space that hosts concerts, speakers and various celebrations.

Baker sat out the 2017 season after transferring from Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. The school's athletic website said Baker was a 6-foot, 1-inch 240-pound linebacker.

The Crown Heights native attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Coney Island and was a key player on the team's back-to-back championship seasons in 2013 and 2014.

"He was a tremendous teammate, a role model and a great person. He will be missed. Our hearts go out to his family. He will never be forgotten for the leadership and legacy he left behind at Lincoln HS," the school said in a statement.

Winston-Salem State Coach Kienus Boulware told the newspaper he was shocked at the phone call he received early Saturday.

"I was shocked when I got the call and as a coach you never want to get this kind of call," Boulware said, adding that he had to notify Baker's father.

"I spoke with Najee's father and it's a tough call to make to let him know that his son won't be coming home," Boulware said. "We are all really shocked by this because he was a quiet guy and a great teammate."

The coach said Baker would have been a contributor on the defensive line in the 2018 season, which would have been the first of his three years of eligibility at Winston-Salem State, a historically black university in the central part of the state.

And during the winter break, former coaches said that Baker visited them and was excited about his chance to make an impact on the team. 

Police say the shooting appears to be an isolated incident. No arrests have been made so far. Winston-Salem police and officers from the two schools are investigating the incident.

<![CDATA[MTA Discusses Reports of Con Ed Blame]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:53:08 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MTA_Discusses_Reports_of_Con_Ed_Blame.jpg

The MTA on Monday responded to a Daily News report more delays were being attributed to Con Edison power problemss. Andrew Siff reports.

<![CDATA[Puerto Rican Police Protest Amid Budget Cuts]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:29:23 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Puerto_Rican_Police_Protest_Amid_Budget_Cuts.jpg

Police in Puerto Rico marched for better pay and benefits amid budget cuts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Gaby Acevedo reports.

<![CDATA[The Bronx Still Mourning Those Lost in Deadly Blaze]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:28:28 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/The_Bronx_Still_Mourning_Those_Lost_in_Deadly_Blaze.jpg

There are efforts in the Bronx to rename the street where the soldier killed saving fellow tenants from what became New York City's deadliest fire in decades. Gus Rosendale reports.

<![CDATA[Darryl Strawberry Shares His Addiction Story]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:01:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Darryl_Strawberry_Shares_His_Addiction_Story.jpg

After years of struggling with drugs and alcohol, former MEt and Yankee Darryl Strawberry is now clean and sober. Strawberry is now trying to save others from this state of addiction. Greg Cergol reports.

<![CDATA[Drop in Credit Score Reveals Autopay Error]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:00:39 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Drop_in_Credit_Score_Reveals_Autopay_Error.jpg

If you use autopay to pay any of your bills, be careful. A Brooklyn man realized some of his bills weren't actually being paid through the tool. Lynda Baquero reports.

<![CDATA[Wall Street Manhole Explosion Sparks Evacuation: Officials]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:17:20 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

A manhole explosion Monday afternoon on Wall Street prompted a building evacuation, fire and utility officials said. 

The FDNY said it received a call about a manhole fire at around 3:05 p.m.

Con Edison crews are currently on site, according to utility spokesman Phil O'Brien. 

O'Brien said the fire caused a partial power outage at 82 Wall St. The building has been evacuated.

It is unknown when power will be restored, O'Brien said.

In video posted on Twitter from the scene, a cloud of heavy, gray smoke can be seen coming from a manhole as live wires sparked, creating what sounded like explosions.

The street is currently blocked off.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[This Is What an Epic Silent Dance Off Looks Like]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:24:29 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dance+battle+silent+image.JPG

Pop, lock and woah! Two siblings from Villa Rica, Georgia, settled their differences through a silent dance off that is now going viral.

The scene of the epic dance off between Francklef Dominique Lambert, 19, and his sister, 24-year-old Yve Alexandre, was a kitchen -- in front of the refrigerator. 

A video of the silent dance battle was posted to Twitter last Thursday with the caption "Don't say anything... just RT". By Monday it had over 3.45 million views.

When asked if Francklef meant to go viral he responded, "Honestly no. This was a humongous shock to both me and my sister."

Comments on the tweet are filled with kind words and funny dance GIFs, a short moving image. Many comments compared the video to the club battle from the 2007 movie 'Stomp The Yard.'

As you get towards the end of the video, things get heated when Francklef throws off his jacket. The teen proceeds to mime pulling out his sister's beating heart and pushing it back into her chest. Viewers said it looked like his sister responded by eating his heart. 

In the end, the brother wins after serving up his last move which appeared to emulate cutting off his sister's face, making it a mask and putting it on his own face. 

"[We] dance like this all the time so it was like second nature for us," Francklef said.

The Internet is awaiting the next dancing sensation, but don't be surprised if these siblings come back for round two.

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<![CDATA[World's Top 1 Percent Holds 82 Percent of the Wealth: Report]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:54:32 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/money100billgeneric_1200x675.jpg

Over 80 percent of the world's wealth is owned by the richest 1 percent of the world's population, widening the economic inequality gap, according to an Oxfam report released Monday.

The charity Oxfam, an international confederation of 20 non-profits working in over 90 countries to end the injustices, also found the wealth of billionaires had increased by 13 percent a year, on average, in the decade from 2006 to 2015, CNBC reported.

The report also claimed nine out of 10 of the world's 2,043 billionaires were men.

The Oxfam report was released the same day as the World Economic Forum began in Davos, Switzerland, where hundreds of the world elite politics, finance, business and science leaders are expected to attend. 

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<![CDATA[Is Amazon Go the Grocery Store of the Future?]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:01:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Amazon_Go_Seattle.jpg

Retail powerhouse Amazon is disrupting retail yet again, with the opening of its checkout-free Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle.

It looks and feels like a regular grocery store, but with one major difference: There's no checkout — and no checkout lines. Upon entering, shoppers scan a special smartphone app that registers them into the store. After grabbing their items, customers are free to walk right out.

"The just-walk-out technology is tracking that these items are leaving the shelf, and it's putting them in my virtual cart," Amazon Go Vice-President Gianna Puerini told NBC News during an exclusive look at the new store. "And if I put them back on the shelf, they come out of my virtual cart."

When customers leave the store, their account is automatically charged, which means no more waiting in long checkout lines. Overhead throughout the store, hundreds of cameras read labels through machine learning and sense the shopper's body type. 

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<![CDATA[Boy, 14, Dies After Surgery to Remove 10-Pound Face Tumor]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:46:06 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tumor+to+be+removed.JPG

A 14-year-old boy suffering from a rare medical condition that caused a 10-pound tumor to emerge on his face died after undergoing surgery, according to one of the doctors in charge of the procedure.

"Our condolences and prayers for Emanuel's family and the loss of a very brave young man," said Dr. Robert E. Marx, a surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital. "Another angel has arrived in Heaven." 

For 12 years, Emanuel Zayas battled a medical condition called polyostotic fibrous dysplacia, an illness which causes developmentally certain bones to become soft. The illness caused a 10-pound benign tumor to develop on Zayas' face.

Zayas’ parents tried for years to get help. Doctors were able to get a temporary visa for the boy and his family to come to Miami from Cuba to have the surgery, which was scheduled in January at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Marx said he saw progress in Zayas on Jan. 18, when he observed  pupillary reflexes and facial muscle tone in the boy's face. But on Saturday, Dr. Marx said Zayas' condition had worsened with kidney and lung failure. 

"I am saddened by the fact that we are losing him and that apparently the physiologic stress of the surgery was too much for his compromised anatomy to overcome," Marx said on Satuday. "Our hopes of saving his life and in doing so would allow him a better quality of life have not been realized."

Dr. Marx said that Zayas' family plans on donating Emanuel's body to medical research in hopes of learning more about the rare disease and helping people across the world who suffer from polyostotic fibrous dysplacia. 

"I am personally saddened but want to thank all of you for your well wishes and prayers," Dr. Marx said. "Please continue the prayers."

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<![CDATA[3 USA Gymnastics Execs Resign Amid Sex Abuse Scandal]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:58:24 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17326581775136-Larry-Nassar-Pleads-Guilty.jpg

The top leadership of USA Gymnastics’ board of directors resigned Monday amid public criticism of how the organization mishandled complaints from women who accused Larry Nassar of sexually abusing them.

Chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley submitted their resignations effective immediately, USA Gymnastics wrote in a statement.

"USA Gymnastics thanks Paul Parilla, Jay Binder and Bitsy Kelley for their many years of service to this organization," USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry said. "We support their decisions to resign at this time. We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization."

Perry said the board will work to "ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve." 

The announcement comes as Nassar’s sentencing hearing continues for a fifth day in a Michigan courtroom. Nearly 100 victim statements have been given by women and girls who say Nassar sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment. 

One of his victims, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, warned Nassar in her testimony that statements from the "powerful army" of survivors will haunt him in prison.

"All these brave women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve — a life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors," Raisman said at Friday's hearing.

The 23-year-old gymnast has been highly critical of the way her sport's governing body handled sexual abuse claims and has called for sweeping changes in leadership at USA Gymnastics, including the removal of Parilla.

USA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.

In June 2017, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy. Key updates include mandatory reporting, defining six types of misconduct, setting standards to prohibit grooming behavior, preventing inappropriate interaction and establishing accountability.

A month later, the organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark's mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted several recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the review. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.

Clubs are now "required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities."

Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography crimes. He faces a minimum prison sentence of 25 to 40 years in the molestation case.

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<![CDATA[Cabbie From NYC Busted With Nearly $1M in Meth in NJ: Pros]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:56:09 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cab+driver+nabbed.jpg

A cab driver from New York City was busted with $800,000 worth of methamphetamine in his vehicle after he was stopped in New Jersey, prosecutors alleged Monday. 

Gerardo Camilo-Nolasco, a 42-year-old cabbie from the Bronx, was pulled over in Fort Lee -- a stop stemming from a narcotics probe run out of Bergen County -- and cops found 10 pounds of meth and 4 grams of cocaine in the vehicle, prosecutors alleged.  

The street value of the meth is estimated at around $800,000. 

Camilo-Nolasco was charged with one count of meth possession with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending an initial court appearance in Hackensack. 

It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney, nor was it clear if he was licensed to be a taxi driver in New York or New Jersey. 

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<![CDATA[Louise Turpin's Sister Alleges 'Dark Family Secret' of Abuse]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:09:42 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Teresa+Robinette.jpg

The sister of a Southern California mother accused of holding her 13 children captive in what authorities called a "torture chamber" alleges a family member sexually abused her, her siblings and their mother over several years when they were children.

Teresa Robinette revealed what she called a "dark family secret" in an interview Monday on “Megan Kelly Today.”

“It’s always been a big secret in our family,” Robinette said. “The adults in our family always protected him because he was family and there was so much that went on with that … but it was always this dark family secret that he did this.”

She alleges the male family member also abused their cousins, but claims he was never held accountable.

The allegation comes days after prosecutors announced the children’s father, 56-year-old David Turpin, was charged with one count of a lewd act on a child. Turpin and his wife, 49-year-old Louise Turpin, are jailed on charges of torture, abuse of a dependent adult, child abuse or neglect and false imprisonment.

Prosecutors said the siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, suffered years of "severe" abuse. They were initially bound with ropes, but when the children figured out how to escape from such bondage, the couple switched to chains and padlocks, just one of many forms of punishment, the district attorney said.

Authorities discovered the malnourished children, some shackled to furniture, after a 17-year-old girl escaped the home through a window and called 911 to report the abuse. The couples' children — ages 2 to 29 — were so emaciated the older ones still looked like children and some had cognitive impairment. Authorities thought the 17-year-old daughter who called 911 was only 10 when they found her.

Robbinette told Kelly she hasn’t spoken to her nieces and nephews in several years and last saw them "seven or eight years ago" via video chat.

Asked whether she saw signs of developmental delays with the children, Robinette said “no.”

“I always even said I thought those children were very book smart,” Robinette said. “But I was worried that because they were home schooled and because they didn’t hold a conversation well, I was always concerned that they weren’t going to be socially developed.”

She also claimed that Louise Turpin had a sexual encounter with a stranger she met online and that David Turpin consented to the affair. According to Robinette, as Louise was approaching her 40th birthday, the couple stopped attending church and were “experimenting with different religions.”

They also began going out to bars and “sowing those wild oats” that they felt they missed out on because the couple married young and began having children right away, she said.

“The very weird thing to me, that I would never do, is she told me her and David met a man online from Huntsville, Alabama, and that they were on their way to meet him,” Robinette said. “She was going to sleep with him, and David was OK with it. I told her I thought it was a mistake. But I know that she met this man at a motel and slept with him in Alabama.”

A year later, Robinette said the couple returned to the hotel, spending the night in the same room on the same bed.

Robinette told Kelly she hopes her 13 nieces and nephews can one day lead a "happy and normal" existence.

"I hope to put my arm around them and tell them they have a family that is not deranged," she said.

As for her sister and brother-in-law, Robinette said "Louise and David are dead to me."

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<![CDATA['He About Passed Out': Man's Heartfelt Surprise for Grandpa]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:02:52 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/grandpa+surprise.jpg Cameron Dedman, from Kentucky, spent over a year restoring his beloved grandfather's 1950's Chevrolet. He says he saved up for years and even sold his own car to help restore his grandpa Fred Lamar's beloved Chevy. Lamar, who Dedman affectionately calls "Papa," had the vintage, rundown car sitting in his garage since 1976. And the look on his face when he saw the restored ride was absolutely priceless.

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<![CDATA[Ranking Each State by Impact of Federal Government Shutdown]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:44:07 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/capitol+shutdown.jpg

The government shutdown that began at midnight as President Trump capped his first year in office, marking just the 19th time in history the feds have closed up shop, has left hundreds of thousands of workers and many critical federal programs in limbo. But how much does it impact the tri-state, specifically, compared with the rest of the country? 

Not so much, according to a report out Monday by the website WalletHub. 

WalletHub compared the 50 states and Washington, D.C., across six key metrics -- from each locale's percentage of kids covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to share of federal jobs and contracts, the latter two weighted more heavily, to determine which places were the most affected by the stalemate. 

Not surprisingly, D.C. is the most affected, followed by Maryland and Virginia. Alaska and Hawaii round out the top five (high share of federal jobs and contracts). New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, however, come in the bottom half -- at Nos. 30, 31 and 32, respectively. 

New York ranked 7th most impacted in terms of percentage of children covered by CHIP, but ranked in the bottom 10 states in terms of share of federal jobs, federal contract dollars per capita and small business lending per capita. New Jersey was hit a bit because of its high real estate as a percentage of gross state product, while Connect's high federal contract dollars per capita (No. 5 overall) was mitigated by its low share of federal jobs (51st overall) and low percentage of children under CHIP (48th). 

See WalletHub's full report here and learn more about how the shutdown affects key parts of federal government here

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<![CDATA[Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares Her #MeToo Moment]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:55:02 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ruthbaderginsburg_1200x675.jpg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 84-year-old Supreme Court justice known for her boldness, spoke Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah about a moment in college when she was put in a difficult position as a young student, NBC News reported.

Ginsburg described a confrontation she had with a instructor at Cornell University on a panel about the premiere of "RBG," a documentary about her life, when she was asked about the #MeToo movement.

"It's about time. For so long women were silent, thinking there was nothing you could do about it, but now the law is on the side of women, or men, who encounter harassment, and that's a good thing," she told the panel.

Ginsburg would go on to become a nationally recognized women's rights lawyer and then the second woman ever appointed to the nation's highest court.

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<![CDATA[High Driver Busted Going 124 MPH on NY Expressway: Cops]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:48:53 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Muhammad+Javed1.jpg

A Long Island man was arrested for driving over 120 mph while allegedly high on drugs Monday morning, authorities say.

Nassau County Police say they noticed a man, later identified as 27-year-old Muhammad Javed of Medford, driving a Honda Accord at high speeds on the Long Island Expressway around 2:20 a.m.

Suffolk County Highway Patrol officers then clocked his speed at 124 mph and followed his vehicle for about 25 miles until they were able to stop him as he exited the expressway at exit 64, Route 112 in Medford.

Javed was issued a speeding summons and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, reckless driving and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Attorney information for Javed wasn't immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[The 8 Most Affordable Spots to Buy a Home in the Tri-State]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:23:37 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/177*120/AP_615018122050.jpg Everyone knows New York City is expensive, but outside the five boroughs the tri-state actually offers a lot of value for the money.

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<![CDATA[Skyrocketing Rent Threatens to Close Popular NYC Restaurant]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:08:38 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Galicia+Restaurant.jpg

The Washington Heights community is, once again, rallying behind a popular business that’s in jeopardy of closing its doors because of skyrocketing rent.

Galicia Restaurant’s lease is up and, according to the owners, the landlord is seeking a rent hike.

The restaurant has been feeding hungry customers for 30 years. It serves Spanish and international cuisine at 172nd and Broadway.

NBC 4 New York tried to reach out to the landlord, but was unable to find a working number.

Earlier in January, Coogan’s, an Irish bar and restaurant in Washington Heights, also announced it is closing. The landlord told its owners it would be increasing its monthly rent by $40,0000, "a level that is simply impossible" for Coogan's to survive. A few days later, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway smash hit "Hamilton," stepped in to help broker a deal to keep the pub open.

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<![CDATA[Statue of Liberty to Reopen Monday Amid Shutdown: Cuomo ]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:26:05 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/statue-liberty.jpg

New York state will step in to reopen the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on Monday, despite the federal government shutdown, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. 

The federal monument closed abruptly on Saturday when federal lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement. The National Park Service announced that both New York sites would be closed "due to a lapse in appropriations." 

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Speaking in front of Lady Liberty, Cuomo said Sunday that the state would spend $65,000 a day to pay federal employees to keep the landmarks open. 

"That is one of the best economic investments we've made in a long time," Cuomo said. 

"It's a major income generator for New York State," Cuomo said. "Symbolically, you can shut down the government but you can't shut down the Statue of Liberty."

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Streams of disappointed visitors were turned away from Lady Liberty for the second day in a row on Sunday -- casualties of the government shutdown.

"We've come all this way. We had our tickets like six months ago and we can't even go," Julie Kettle, from Sydney, said. "We even got tickets to climb the crowd and we can't do it." 

Abigail Carrillo and her family came from Mexico. "That's like a New York icon, so it's pretty bad that it's closed," she said. 

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<![CDATA[Con Men Using Pics of Fallen Military for Dating Sites: Army]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:14:07 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Impostors_Use_Pics_of_Dead_Service_Members_on_Dating_Sites.jpg

Developers of a new dating app are warning customers about the prevalence of criminals fraudulently using pictures of dead and active duty service members on various sites to con victims and steal their money.

“They want to present themselves as heroes,” Darren Shuster, a developer of the dating app Phresh, told NBC 7.

California is among the states with the highest numbers of victims which also includes Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command says it receives hundreds of reports from victims from around the world regarding various people impersonating U.S. Soldiers online.

In, 2016, almost 15,000 complaints of romance scams or confidence fraud were reported, according to the FBI.

Not every fraud involves military identities, but the loses totaled more than $230 million dollars.

Shuster says his platform helps to fix this problem. “The Phresh dating app would add several steps for the would-be cybercriminal from making an effort to con anybody on our app because the photos that they upload and any other information only lasts for 24 hours.”

Shuster hopes the app can stop criminals from using dating apps to steal unsuspecting people’s money and hopes it will prevent those looking for love from becoming the next victim.