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DA Vance today released the report of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Domestic Violence Initiative, compiled with input from dozens of City agencies, community-based organizations, and experts over the course of a two-year collaboration. District Attorney Vance announced funding for multiple initiatives recommended within the report, including a pilot program to equip the Manhattan Family Justice and Child Advocacy Centers with “Alternative Light Source” technology, including handheld devices that enable the user to better see bruising and other injuries, particularly on dark skin tones. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will also be equipped with a dedicated camera capable of taking infrared photographs to better document these injuries, which are not always visible to the naked eye. Other report recommendations being funded by the District Attorney’s Office include $1.4 million for the creation of Abusive Partner Intervention Programs, as well as $11.4 million for programs that broaden access to services for victims of crime. 

MManhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of Gabriel Nortesano, 53, the owner of G&D Petroleum Transportation, INC. and G&D Heating Oil, for overseeing and engaging in a scheme to defraud thousands of residential, commercial, and municipal customers throughout New York City by shorting heating oil deliveries and reselling the stolen surplus to co-conspirators. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Enterprise Corruption and is expected to be sentenced on February 7, 2017. To date, more than 15 defendants indicted in connection with the investigation have pleaded guilty to related crimes and more than $7.4 million has been ordered in restitution, fines, and forfeiture. 

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Dan Stern to 3-to-6 years in state prison for stealing approximately $250,000 from four potential real estate investors in Harlem. On September 28, 2016 the defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to all the charges in the indictment against him, Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degrees, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. As part of the sentence, the court executed judgment orders holding Stern liable to repay approximately $250,000 to his victims.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Akram Joudeh for attacking an off-duty NYPD detective with a meat cleaver. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Menacing a Police Officer, among other charges. 

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of DANNY LIN, 25, to 1 2/3-to-5 years in state prison for fatally striking a 57-year-old man with his car on the Lower East Side in November 2014. On July 7, 2016, a New York State Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty of the sole count in the indictment against him: Manslaughter in the Second Degree.