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.
November 12, 2014 | The New York Times
In 2000, New York had 17,000 untested rape kits, a yearslong accumulation of potential evidence in some of the city’s most violent crimes. Over the next four years, in a push to clear the backlog, the city had the kits tested. The result was 49 indictments connected to unsolved cases in Manhattan alone.The New York Times
October 24, 2014 | Manhattan DA
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of JASON AHIALEY, 26, for defrauding the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), New York State, and numerous Manhattan residents by fraudulently filing tax returns with his victims’ personal information and Social Security numbers, and directing the funds to accounts linked to debit cards possessed by the defendant.Manhattan DA
October 21, 2014 | Manhattan DA
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of ELICE RIZZO, 52, to 5-to-10 years in state prison, and VAL RUIZ, 57, to 1 ½-to-4 years in state prison for stealing more than $50,000 from bank customers by impersonating them and withdrawing money from their accounts. Earlier this year, RIZZO pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and 18 counts of Identity Theft in the First and Second Degrees.Manhattan DA
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