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.
July 30, 2014 | Wall Street Journal
NEW YORK — A man charged with fencing fraudulently bought tickets to sought-after events to aid a cybertheft ring that took over StubHub users' accounts has pleaded not guilty.
Laurence Brinkmeyer was arraigned Friday. The 29-year-old is one of 10 people around the world who have been indicted or arrested in connection with the case. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. unveiled it Wednesday.
Defense lawyer Stacey Richman says Brinkmeyer returned from his honeymoon a week early to address the allegations and demonstrate his respect for court.Wall Street Journal
July 24, 2014 | TicketNews
In a press conference Wednesday, July 23, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced that seven members of an international cybercrime ring have been arrested for their involvement in ticket selling fraud on StubHub (NASDAQ:EBAY). These men laundered more than 1.6 milion dollars after hacking into 1,600 customer accounts.TicketNews
July 9, 2014 | CBS New York
Prosecutors say three people posed as real estate brokers to scam apartment-hunters out of thousands of dollars in fees and deposits on apartments they couldn’t get: Some places were already occupied.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Wednesday that Ricardo Gonzalez, Elizabeth Adrian Perez and Juan Valoy have been indicted on grand larceny and other charges. They have pleaded not guilty.
Vance said the scheme targeted Hispanic immigrants looking for places to live in the bustling Washington Heights neighborhood.CBS New York
July 3, 2014 | Associated Press
Two construction safety companies dispatched cooks, hairdressers, bellhops and musicians to sign off as licensed safety experts — one of them dead — on inspections at dozens of high-rise sites, authorities said Wednesday.Associated Press
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