When I first ran for Manhattan District Attorney four years ago, I promised that I would approach every aspect of the office with two questions - Does it make us safer? And is it fair?
I am proud to say that working together, we have championed safety on our streets and fairness in our courts while fostering integrity, innovation and excellence in the office where I began my legal career.
On January 27, 2014, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr celebrated the start of his second term at the NY Surrogates Court with his colleages and supporters.
Harlem locals gathered at Chez Lucienne on October 15th in support for Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr.
Fifty years ago, identity theft typically involved a single actor who forged a driver’s license, walked into a bank and withdrew funds from a target account. Today, organized criminal rings are in the business of stealing thousands of identities and millions of dollars. But a crime ring can steal $2,001 or $2 million and the punishment is identical. Criminals who steal more money from more people should get the treatment they deserve.
Late last week, CNBC focused on one of the biggest cyber-crime cases that we or any other group of prosecutors ever tackled. In it, my office successfully prosecuted a crime ring that stretched from New York City to Kiev. Its members stole and sold more than 100,000 pieces of personal information, including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, online usernames and passwords.
February 15, 2014 | Pensions & Investments
Lawrence E. Penn III, the managing director and founder of Camelot Group, pleaded not guilty Monday before New York State Supreme Court Justice Laura Ward in Manhattan to charges of grand larceny, money laundering and falsifying business records, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.
Altura St. Michael Ewers, a longtime friend of Mr. Penn, was indicted on the same charges of stealing $9 million from investors and arrested over the weekend in California, Mr. Vance's office said.Pensions & Investments
January 30, 2014 | International Business Times
The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) held a two-day, five-panel hearing on virtual currencies on Jan. 28 and 29, seeking to answer questions on how the state government should deal with businesses that are wishing to operate using bitcoin. “Ultimately, it’s our expectation that the information we’ve gathered in this fact-finding effort will allow us to put forward, during the course of 2014, a proposed regulatory framework for virtual currency firms operating in New York,” NYDFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said.International Business Times
January 23, 2014 | The Register
US attorneys have charged thirteen people in connection with a massive fraud operation which netted some $2m in stolen funds.
The Manhattan District Attorney's office says that four defendants masterminded a plot to install card skimming devices at gas pumps throughout the southern US and then use a network of money mules to withdraw and transfer funds from the stolen cards in a money laundering operation.The Register
December 24, 2013 | Newsday
A Syosset man has been indicted on charges that he took part in a kickback scheme to steer millions of dollars into electrical supply companies and a portion of the proceeds into his own pocket, New York City authorities said Wednesday.
Donald Russo, 54, who Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said was a purchasing agent for Unity Electric Co., is accused of creating a shell company, Bar Electrical Consulting Inc. in Plainview, in order to "accept bribes from companies who wished to do business with Unity."Newsday
November 19, 2013 | Bloomberg
A new unit to combat computer crime and track the movement of illicit money through Manhattan will be funded with some of the $3 billion brought in through agreements with banks over violations of U.S. sanctions law, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. told a cybercrime symposium.
“Due to money received in the sanctions investigations, we can invest in public-safety efforts in New York City that relate to cybercrime and technology,” Vance, 59, said today at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.