“As alleged, Melissa Ringel violated her oath as an official of the court when she brazenly circumvented the rules to assist her husband, Frank Esposito, and his client, during the sale of a multimillion-dollar penthouse near Central Park,” said District Attorney Vance.
“The repatriation of these 27 stunning relics to the people of Cambodia restores an important link between the nation’s classical Angkor era and its modern customs and beliefs that, for far too long, was disrupted by the greed of stolen antiquities traffickers,” said District Attorney Vance.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today announced the return of 12 antiquities to the people of China during a repatriation ceremony attended by Consul General of China in New York, Huang Ping and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) Lead Case Agent John Paul Labbat.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today called for the formation of a commission tasked with recommending holistic, evidence-based solutions to stop New York City’s sharp rise in violent crime over the past year.
“These guilty pleas put high-tech cyber thieves on notice: the Manhattan D.A.’s Office has built the expertise, resources, and seamlessly collaborative partnerships to find you, hold you accountable, and secure justice for your victims,” stated District Attorney Vance.
“As alleged in the indictment, the death of Ryan Wilson wasn’t just a tragedy — it was a crime,” said District Attorney Vance.