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.
With murders having reached a low point in Manhattan, the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the Police Department have begun an unusually close collaboration aimed at driving down other crimes, chief among them grand larceny, domestic violence and cybercrime.
Photo by Richard Perry/The New York Times
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.
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.
Feaured on CNBC: 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.
June 5, 2014 | NY Times
With murders having reached a low point in Manhattan, the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the Police Department have begun an unusually close collaboration aimed at driving down other crimes, chief among them grand larceny, domestic violence and cybercrime.NY Times
May 4, 2014 | NBC New York
A 39-year-old Bronx man and his 29-year-old girlfriend are accused of skimming customers' credit card numbers at the Hale & Hearty where she worked, and then going on shopping sprees with several others, spending more than $200,000.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says 11 people are accused in the scheme that began last summer at the Hale & Hearty in midtown.
The ringleader allegedly gave his girlfriend a skimming device each day to take to work with her. Prosecutors say she was able to skim more than 20 cards each time she brought it to work.NBC New York
May 2, 2014 | EmpireStateNews.net
NEW YORK - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., joined Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Richard Eaton, Simon Wiesenthal Center Senior Researcher, today to release the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s 2014 Report on Digital Terrorism and Hate. The annual report details websites, online forums, and social media users that use the internet to promulgate hateful ideologies and promote terrorism. The report collected information from websites around the world.EmpireStateNews.net
March 28, 2014 | Bloomberg News
A former analyst at Two Sigma Investments LLC, an $18 billion quantitative hedge fund, was indicted on charges he stole his firm’s confidential data, in the latest such case brought by the Manhattan district attorney.
Kang Gao, 29, of Manhattan pleaded not guilty today during an arraignment before New York State Supreme Court Justice Jill Konveiser.Bloomberg News
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