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  • Man pleads not guilty in StubHub cybertheft case

    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.

  • International Arrests Made in $1.6M StubHub Fraud Case


    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.

  • Phony Brokers Bilked NYC Apartment Seekers

    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.

  • New York construction firms accused of safety scam

    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.

  • In Unusual Collaboration, Police and Prosecutors Team Up to Reduce Crime

    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.

  • Hale & Hearty Customers Targeted by Credit Card Skimmers

    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.

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center’s report on digital terrorism and hate released

    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.

  • Ex-Two Sigma Analyst Indicted for Confidential Data Theft

    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.

  • Camelot Group founder charged with stealing $9 million

    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.

  • New York Bitcoin License? State Department of Financial Services Seeks Possible Regulation

    International Business Times

    The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) held a two-day, five-panel hearing on virtual currencies on Jan. 28 and 29, seeking to answer questions on how the state government should deal with businesses that are wishing to operate using bitcoin. “Ultimately, it’s our expectation that the information we’ve gathered in this fact-finding effort will allow us to put forward, during the course of 2014, a proposed regulatory framework for virtual currency firms operating in New York,” NYDFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said.