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Council meeting postponed and citizens warned of scammers as Jersey City mourns Councilman Michael Yun

Due to the death of Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, tonight’s virtual Jersey City Council meeting is postponed until next week.

Councilman Yun passed away April 6 after battling the coronavirus which has claimed the lives of 54 Jersey City residents as of April 7.

The virtual caucus meeting will take place Monday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. and the council meeting will take place Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m.

According to the councilman’s Facebook page, some people are using his death to capitalize on the family’s mourning by swindling online donors out of their money through fraudulent GoFundMe pages.

“During this difficult time The Yun Family has expressed their concerns that scammers are claiming to be relatives of Councilman Michael Yun,” stated the post.  “Creating fraudulent ‘Go Fund Me’ pages and creating clone/ghost accounts under his daughter’s name Jaclyn Yun. It is disrespectful, disgusting and against the law. Ghosting is a form of identity theft attempting to collect funds through ‘GoFundMe.’ PLEASE do not get solicited by these people. Do not accept their friend’s requests!”

If you have been friend-requested by these phony accounts, the Yun family and his staff urge you to report the activities to the Jersey City Prosecutor Jake Hudnut at jhudnut@jcnj.org.

“Those who would personally profit off of others’ tragedy are repugnant,” tweeted Hudnut. “Help us hold these scammers accountable. Please report suspicious solicitations related to our late Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun to prosecutor@jcnj.org.” 

On Friday, April 10, members of the community are asked to remember Councilman Yun together while social distancing by placing a lit candle in their windows at 7:30 p.m.

“We can’t be together to celebrate Michael’s life just yet, but we can honor is memory by placing a candle in the window. Please join us on Friday,” tweeted Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey.

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