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.
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.
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.
November 18, 2013 | Bloomberg
The former secretary of Imelda Marcos was found guilty of attempting to sell four missing paintings and failing to report taxes on the one that she did sell, a Claude Monet water lilies painting for $32 million, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
Vilma Bautista, 75, was convicted after a trial that revealed what happened to four artworks that disappeared from Philippine government property, including the consulate in Manhattan, after the fall of the Marcos regime in 1986.Bloomberg
November 2, 2013 | NY Daily News
In the waiting room of the Ecuadoran Consulate on Second Ave., a new video plays on repeat, urging immigrants to report crimes to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The screen shows Univision 41 reporter Berenice Gartner interviewing District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose answers were dubbed in a Spanish voice-over, and asking Mayerling Rivera, co-director of the DA’s Immigrant Affairs Program, to explain how her office investigates and prosecutes crimes against immigrants, including fraud.NY Daily News
October 29, 2013 | Citizens Union of the City of New York
Citizens Union today announced its endorsements in eight City Council general elections, as well as five general election contests for borough wide contests in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. New York City faces arguably the largest turnover in city government in a generation as candidates vie for all three citywide offices and open seats for nearly half the City Council.Citizens Union of the City of New York
October 16, 2013 | The New York Times
Along Avenue D in Manhattan, Dwayne Mitchell was known as Dubbs, an affable ladies man who drove an Infiniti and had fathered several children with different girlfriends. He won the affection of many residents by paying for block parties and throwing barbecues. He even took neighborhood children to amusement parks like Six Flags.The New York Times