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.
February 24, 2015 | Daily News
Houston officials tested 6,600 backlogged rape kits and matched 850 samples to suspects in the FBI's nationwide database of DNA profiles, the city announced Monday.
So far, charges have been filed against 29 people, six of whom have been convicted.
The city finished testing 6,663 rape kits — some of which sat unprocessed since the 1980s — last fall as part of a $6 million effort that started in 2013 to tackle the massive backlog. The results were processed through DNA databases to compare the samples to possible suspects, Mayor Annise Parker said Monday.Daily News
February 23, 2015 | Times Ledger
Nine city employees from Queens were arrested last week and charged in a massive housing fraud and bribery scheme that involved properties in three boroughs, the Manhattan district attorney said. Three Queens real estate sites were part of the crackdown.
Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., city Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the indictment of 50 defendants who took bribes and shortcuts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens Feb. 10.
January 28, 2015 | Gotham Gazette
Sex trafficking is a lucrative criminal enterprise in which youthful looks are in high demand and actual children command top dollar. Yet, gaps in New York State's sex trafficking laws limit prosecutors' ability to convict traffickers of high-level felonies, making sex trafficking of children in New York a relatively low-risk proposition.Gotham Gazette
December 15, 2014 | Bloomberg Business
One of three men accused of stealing software from the Dutch trading house Flow Traders BV pleaded guilty to related charges two months ago, the first of a group of Wall Street workers pursued by Manhattan authorities for such theft to resolve his case.
December 15, 2014 | Westport Now
UPDATE Saying that Westporter Stephen R. Krawitz’s actions undermine “the entire legal profession,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. today announced the indictment of the New York personal injury lawyer for allegedly stealing more than $600,000 in settlements from more than a dozen of his firm’s clients.
Krawitz, 62, was arrested Friday at his Ludlow Road home by New York City detectives aided by Westport police. (See WestportNow Dec. 12, 2014) He later waived extradition to New York.Westport Now