Family of murdered Bronx teen targeted in apparent scam

August 06, 2018 - 10:32 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There is more heartbreak for the family of a murdered Bronx teen.

The family of Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman Feliz has apparently fallen victim to a scam.

"They have coerced the family to sign over all their rights to the namesake," community activist Khalil Abdul Muhammad said.

New York's attorney general is looking into it.

City Councilman Richie Torres said a group called NYS Community Affairs Bureau coerced the family into signing over the rights to Junior's name in hopes of profiting from it. He said a convicted felon with the bogus organization approached the murdered teen's family promising to stop a fraudulent fundraiser with a cease and desist letter.

"Declaring that only his organization is authorized to raise funds on behalf of the family or in Junior's name," he said.

Torres said it's just another fake fundraiser with a convincing claim to be from state government.

"He has fraudulent badges, fraudulent uniforms, fraudulent awards," Torres said.

In the meantime, Torres has asked people not to donate to the New York State Community Affairs Bureau.