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Earlier today in Federal District Court in Manhattan, BNP Paribas S.A. (“BNPP”) was sentenced for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) by processing billions of dollars of transactions through the U.S. financial system on behalf of Sudanese, Iranian, and Cuban entities subject to U.S. sanctions. BNPP previously entered a guilty plea in New York State Supreme Court in June for violating U.S. sanctions and falsifying the business records of financial institutions in Manhattan by illicitly moving billions of dollars through Manhattan banks. Today’s sentencing, which follows an earlier State Supreme Court sentencing on April 15th, brings the global case to a close.

DA Vance  announced the trial conviction of Sergey Aleynikov, a computer programmer, for intending to appropriate portions of his employer’s confidential and proprietary computer code. The defendant was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of Unlawful Use of Secret Scientific Material. 

New York City is expected to spend parts of a $447 million settlement it is set to receive from French bank BNP Paribas on initiatives for its criminal justice system, officials said, including creating a database where local agencies and police would share information about individual defendants and cases...New York City is receiving funds as part of the forfeiture because the case was brought by prosecutors in the district. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said at the time BNPP pleaded guilty that the case marked the seventh major one involving sanctions violations by a large international bank his office had pursued and resolved since 2009.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Joseph Giardala, following a recent DNA cold case hit, for raping a 25-year-old woman in the West Village in January 1995. Giardala is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Rape, Attempted Rape, and Robbery in the First Degrees, among other charges.

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Yesterday, hundreds of members of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office wore jeans in honor of “Denim Day,” an annual event that promotes awareness of sexual violence and victim-blaming.