The bill, introduced last week in Albany, targets a sophisticated “fencing operation,” Bragg said, whereby an intermediary purchases stolen goods from thieves and resells them online. “We need some upstream accountability,” Bragg told Crain’s. “We’ve got a real urgent matter facing our retailers.
In a memo supporting the bill, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg agreed. “New York is safer when survivors and witnesses feel comfortable reporting crimes,” he wrote. “Silencing these individuals does not protect us, it only protects the perpetrators of the crimes these survivors and witnesses are too afraid to report.”
Queens event planner Lauren Pazienza, charged with fatally shoving elderly voice coach on wine-fueled rampage, sent back to jail
In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said Pazienza “went to great lengths to avoid accountability for her actions” after leaving Gustern bleeding on the sidewalk.
A judge sentenced Kossoff, 68, to between 4 and 1/2 to 13 and 1/2 years in prison on Friday morning for three counts of grand larceny and one count of scheme to defraud after he used funds stolen from his clients’ escrow accounts to fund his lifestyle expenses, according to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
“I grew up in the shadow of the Central Park Five case, which had an incredibly deep impact on me,” said Bragg. “I was actually pulled over with some friends by the police not long after, who started interrogating us about a crime that we didn’t commit. I was lucky—the reality of being a Black man meant I could have been one of the Exonerated Five.”
A former bookkeeper at New York City jewelry company Julie Vos was indicted Monday on charges he stole more than $2.8 million from his employer to pay for trips, high-end cars, trinkets and clothes. Francisco Lopez, 36, made thousands of transfers from the company accounts to his personal bank account and credit cards between September 2014 and April 2021, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office alleges.