Buried in an already disheartening New York Times article about how homeless Americans are struggling to get their stimulus checks is an even more depressing accusation: finance bros are offering to help homeless people get their stimulus payments, not out of the goodness of their heart, but in exchange for a hefty fee.
The anecdote was shared by Steven Todd, who lives at the Mainchance homeless shelter in Manhattan. Todd told The Times’ Andy Newman that “‘educated guys who work in finance’ had approached homeless people and offered to get them their stimulus money — for a commission of several hundred dollars.” “People were happy to get anything,” Todd added. “It wasn’t fair.”
Todd’s account wasn’t further substantiated by Newman and similar accounts weren’t easily identifiable in the news; however, if true, the account is another black eye on a stimulus program that has simultaneously propped up millions and left many Americans behind.