BROOKLYN, NY — A Brooklyn duo who stole $544,000 from friends and acquaintances they had known for years are facing grand larceny charges, according to prosecutors.

Helen Lurene Elias from Ocean Hill and Gerald Douglas, of Ditmas Park, were both arraigned Thursday for the scheme, which spanned two years until January 2020, prosecutors announced.

The two are accused of borrowing money from friends by telling them Elias was about to receive a multi-million dollar settlement from a lawsuit, but needed to pay off certain liens before the money could be released, according to prosecutors.

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Instead, the duo simply stole the money, prosectors said.

“These defendants allegedly defrauded many people by falsely claiming that one of them was about to receive a monetary windfall,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. “We will now seek to hold them…

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