Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the expansion of the DA’s Official Corruption and Public Integrity Units into a unified Public Corruption Unit. This dedicated team will investigate and prosecute official corruption and public integrity cases. District Attorney Vance appointed Assistant District Attorney Luke Rettler as Chief of the Public Corruption Unit. ADA Rettler recently served as Chief of the Official Corruption Unit.
“Public corruption in New York has been found at all levels in New York, from the statehouse, to the courthouse, to the local police precinct,” said District Attorney Vance. “This expanded Unit will proactively investigate public corruption at all levels, including not only crimes committed by police officers and other uniformed officials, but also by elected officials and public servants. We will also seek to root out election fraud and prosecute individuals who criminally violate state and local ethics laws. The public must be able to place their trust in their public servants, in every level of government. I urge New Yorkers to help us in this mission by reporting wrongdoing to my Office’s Public Corruption Hotline: 212-335-8987.”
Prosecutors assigned to the official corruption side of the Unit will investigate and prosecute NYPD officers and other uniformed public servants involved in criminal conduct, including perjury, bribe receiving, official misconduct, larceny, falsifying business records, and offenses involving the sale and possession of narcotics.
Prosecutors on the public integrity side of the Unit will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting all types of crimes committed by public employees, elected officials, candidates for public office, and others who hold the public trust.
The Public Corruption Unit will also pursue legislative reform. During his tenure as president of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York, District Attorney Vance convened a White Collar Crime Task Force that released comprehensive recommendations aimed at reforming New York State’s antiquated fraud and corruption laws. The 102-page White Collar Crime Task Force report was issued by a broad and non-partisan group of legal experts, and can be read in its entirety here.