Glock Boyz Gang Member Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Aggravated Identity Theft and Firearms Offenses
Detroit – A member of the Glock Boyz street gang was sentenced to 60 months in prison today after being convicted of aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, and illegally possessing firearms, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison Announced today.
Ison was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge James A. Tarasca of the FBI’s Detroit Division.
According to court records, Damon Long, 25, of Detroit, was a member of a violent street gang, the “Glock Boyz TMC” (too much cash). The Glock Boyz have perpetrated acts of violence against rival gangs and have been victims of such violence. Court records tie Long to these violent attacks and to being the target of rival gangs.
In May 2021, the FBI executed a search warrant at Long’s residence in Detroit and seized two of Long’s loaded pistols. Agents also seized evidence that Long engaged in wire fraud by submitting false applications for federal Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits using stolen identities totaling over $300,000. Long used the identities and Social Security numbers of at least ten individuals in perpetuating his scheme. Long boasted about his fraud schemes on social media, and his membership in the street gang was also revealed on his social media accounts.
In addition to 60 months in prison, Long was also ordered to pay restitution of $300,000.
The Detroit office of the FBI investigated this case with assistance from the Department of Labor. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office’s Violent & Organized Crime Unit.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.