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A woman cries as she visits a makeshift memorial where the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South building stood in Surfside, Florida on July 24, 2021. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Three people were arrested and charged with identity theft of seven victims of the June 24 Surfside condo collapse, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina, 30, Kimberly Michelle Johnson, 34, and Rodney Choute, 38, are charged with an organized scheme to defraud, as well as multiple counts of identity fraud and other crimes, the Miami Herald reports.

  • "Cyber grave robbers did move very quickly after the collapse to grab what they could while family and friends were in absolute emotional turmoil," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Wednesday, per Reuters.
  • The suspects are accused of stealing the personal identification of at least seven victims of the collapse — five of whom were killed — and using the identities to obtain credit cards and make fraudulent transactions of up to $50,000, per Reuters. Investigators allege the scheme began in early July.

The big picture: The arrests come more than two months after Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, collapsed overnight, killing 98 people.

  • The investigation into the fraud scheme is still ongoing, and more suspects and victims could emerge, per Reuters.

What they're saying: "This investigation has also shown that these individuals appeared to be very skilled identity thieves and professionals," Fernandez Rundle said.

  • "Except for their names, almost nothing else about seemed to be true."

Go deeper: Remembering the victims of the Surfside condo collapse

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Sep 7, 2021 - Science

NYC identifies two more 9/11 victims

Families leave tributes to those lives lost at the 9/11 memorial. Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

New York City's chief medical examiner has identified two more 9/11 victims, just days before the country prepares to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Why it matters: 40% of those who died in New York, or 1,106 victims, remain unidentified, per NBC New York. Identifications are still being made thanks to advances in DNA testing.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Democrats' billionaires tax explained

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).

COP26 head warns Glasgow summit will be "harder than Paris"

Alok Sharma, U.K. COP26 president, in Milan on Sept. 30, 2021. Photo: Stefano Guidi/Getty Images

U.K. COP26 President Alok Sharma told reporters Tuesday that the upcoming talks in Glasgow, widely viewed as the last chance to avoid some of the worst consequences of global warming, will be extremely difficult.

Driving the news: Sharma sought to temper expectations and note that the agenda features some of the toughest items that negotiators have punted on at previous summits.