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  • US card scammers pull $2m petrol heist

    The Register

    US attorneys have charged thirteen people in connection with a massive fraud operation which netted some $2m in stolen funds.

    The Manhattan District Attorney's office says that four defendants masterminded a plot to install card skimming devices at gas pumps throughout the southern US and then use a network of money mules to withdraw and transfer funds from the stolen cards in a money laundering operation.

  • Syosset man indicted in alleged kickback scheme


    A Syosset man has been indicted on charges that he took part in a kickback scheme to steer millions of dollars into electrical supply companies and a portion of the proceeds into his own pocket, New York City authorities said Wednesday.

    Donald Russo, 54, who Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said was a purchasing agent for Unity Electric Co., is accused of creating a shell company, Bar Electrical Consulting Inc. in Plainview, in order to "accept bribes from companies who wished to do business with Unity."

  • Vance Cybercrime Unit to Be Funded With Bank Settlements


    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.

  • Imelda Marcos’s Secretary Convicted in Missing-Art Sale


    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.

  • Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance takes to video, teams with consulates to encourage Latinos to report crimes

    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.

  • Citizens Union Announces Endorsements for 2013 General Election

    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.

  • 11 Charged in Lower Manhattan Drug Ring

    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.

  • Former Flow Traders Employees Indicted for Software Theft


    Three men accused of stealing software from Dutch trading house Flow Traders were indicted on related charges by a grand jury in New York, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said.

    Jason Vuu, 26, of San Jose, California, Glen Cressman, 26, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Simon Lu, 25, of Pittsburgh were indicted on charges of unlawful duplication of computer-related material and unlawful use of secret scientific material, Vance’s office said today in statement.

  • NY inspector general, DA Vance pull over cheaters on school, bus, truck driver license tests

    Associated Press

    ALBANY, New York — New York state, city and federal prosecutors have arrested 19 people accused of scheming to cheat on tests for licenses to drive school buses and operate trucks hauling hazardous materials.

    State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. say Thursday that people paid thousands of dollars to get test answers in New York City.

  • Prosecutors: Update white collar crime laws


    New York's antiquated laws against public corruption, computer crimes and fraud -- including swindles targeting the elderly -- would be beefed up under a series of wide-ranging proposals announced Tuesday morning by a task force of state prosecutors and legal experts.

    The task force also recommended a major sea change in the current state grand-jury practice concerning the immunity automatically granted to witnesses -- often viewed as a constraint to investigators -- as way of making it easier to prosecute all kinds of offenses.