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  • N.Y. Task Force Seeks Laws to Fight 21st-Century Crimes

    Bloomberg

    New York needs to update state laws dating from 1986 to better prosecute white-collar criminals, according to a special task force report released by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

  • Man Convicted Of Murdering Fashion Designer Girlfriend Gets 25 Years To Life Behind Bars

    CBS New York

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The man convicted of murdering his fashion designer girlfriend in the posh SoHo House hotel in 2010 has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

    Nicholas Brooks, 27, received the maximum sentence Monday, two months after he was found guilty of murder.

    Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Bonnie Wittner said Brooks “richly deserves” 25 years to life.

    Brooks gave a brief statement before sentencing saying he loved Cachay very much, but stared straight ahead without emotion as Wittner pronounced his sentence, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

  • Manhattan Doctor Deposited Patients’ Checks Into Own Bank Account

    CBS New York

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Manhattan-based obstetrician deposited the checks of his patients into his personal bank account, defrauding the hospital he worked for out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, prosecutors say.

    Dr. Lawrence Levitan, of Lawrence, N.Y., is accused of stealing $267,000 and has been indicted on charges of grand larceny, criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records. Under his agreement with Beth Israel Medical Center, Levitan, 58, and the hospital were supposed to split insurance payments totaling more than $530,000, prosecutors said.

  • Hudson River Park Rape Suspect Pleads Guilty

    New York Post

    The vicious sex fiend who raped an aspiring actress in TriBeCa last year copped a plea Monday in exchange for 35 years behind bars.

    Jonathan Stewart, 26, admitted to chatting up the 21-year-old beauty before yanking her off a bench in Hudson River Park and dragging her in a chokehold to a cluster of nearby bushes in the early hours of Sept 22, 2012.

    "That's correct" the demented brute calmly responded as a prosecutor described the heinous crime as part of the guilty plea before Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Renee White.

  • Violent Backpage.com pimp Leon Brown guilty of sex trafficking

    New York Daily News

    A Manhattan jury found a violent pimp who advertised women on Backpage.com guilty of sex trafficking a teenage girl.

    Leon Brown, 41, was convicted of three counts of sex trafficking, two counts of promoting prostitution and a single count of criminal contempt in a jury verdict Tuesday afternoon after a week-long trial in Manhattan Supreme Court.

  • Three Charged With Stealing Flow Traders Trading Software

    Bloomberg

    Two men who were employed by Flow Traders were charged in New York with stealing the firm’s electronic trading software by e-mailing it to themselves from their work accounts.

  • Wacko perv who snuck into Manhattan jail gets decade in prison

    New York Daily News

    His dream has come true.

    Matthew Matagrano, 37, a convicted sex offender who repeatedly snuck into city jails, was sentenced to a decade in prison Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court after pleading guilty to burglary.

    The chubby weirdo who has an obsession with lock-ups copped to two counts on July 25, including a burglary as a sexually motivated felony for a Feb. 27 unauthorized entry at the Manhattan Detention Complex, where he showed security a gold badge and parked next to the jail using a fake Department of Correction placard.

  • NY man charged with defrauding would-be immigrants

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Authorities have indicted a 41-year-old man on charges he stole tens of thousands of dollars from newly arrived immigrants to New York City.

    The Manhattan district attorney's office said Wednesday that Martin Mannert, a naturalized American citizen originally from Austria, falsely represented himself as qualified to help with various immigration and benefits applications.

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says Mannert preyed on victims from several communities, including Poland and elsewhere in Europe, Asia and South America.

  • Connecticut Woman Busted For Collecting New York Welfare Benefits

    New York Daily News

    A Connecticut woman was arrested Wednesday for stealing nearly $100,000 in welfare benefits from New York State.

    Angie Colon, 46, of East Haven, Ct., is accused of using a fake Manhattan address to qualify for public assistance benefits between 2009 and 2001 all the while living and working in Connecticut for more than a decade.

    She even filed for Medicaid benefits in Connecticut while receiving New York assistance, investigators aid.

  • Florida Men Ran 'Wall Street' Silver Scam

    CBS New York

    Three Florida men using a Wall Street address duped at least 150 people into spending $8 million on precious metals they did not own, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said.

    The men, all in their 30s, allegedly encouraged their victims to invest their retirement savings in silver bullion, WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell reported. The company, PMCO, told customers that it held many tons of metals, employed hundreds of people and counted several large insurance companies and the New York Mets among its clients — none of which was true, prosecutors said.

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