District Attorney Vance Announces New Chief of Tax Crimes Unit

April 15, 2014

In 2013, D.A.N.Y. Recovered $11 Million Owed to NYS and NYC

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the appointment of Assistant District Attorney Peirce Moser as Chief of the Tax Crimes Unit. The Unit, formerly known as the Money Laundering and Tax Crimes Unit, is tasked with executing long-term investigations and prosecutions of tax and revenue crimes, expanding cooperation with the Office’s other Bureaus and Units, and ensuring that every individual and corporation pays those taxes that are rightly owed to the city and state.

“Peirce Moser brings to my Office’s Tax Crimes Unit significant experience and expertise in an area of law that is critical to protecting New Yorkers’ interests,” said District Attorney Vance. “Just in 2013, my Office recovered approximately $11 million in unpaid taxes owed to New York City and New York State. Under Peirce’s leadership, we will continue – and expand – our commitment to safeguarding the coffers of our city and state.”

Mr. Moser joined the Manhattan DA’s Office in 2006 as a member of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, where he prosecuted Anthony Marshall, son of the late Brooke Astor, and his lawyer, Francis Morrissey for elder abuse and financial fraud associated with Brook Astor’s estate. After a six-month trial, both Marshall and Morrissey were convicted of numerous crimes. Mr. Moser also prosecuted Robert Joel “Joe” Halderman, who was convicted of attempting to extort $2 million from television host David Letterman.

In 2010, Mr. Moser joined the Major Economic Crimes Bureau, where he prosecuted Joseph Cilibrasi, a business manager and tax accountant who embezzled funds from his entertainment industry clients, and Aaron Hand, an inmate who plotted to kill a witness who had testified against him at a prior mortgage-fraud trial. Mr. Moser is currently heading the team that is prosecuting four lawyers accused of crimes related to their conduct at the now-bankrupt law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP; he will continue to handle the prosecution of this case under his new role.

Mr. Moser is a 1999 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. There, he was a member of the University’s Raven Society and the Order of the Coif, Essays Editor of the Virginia Law Review, and senior editorial board member of the Virginia Tax Review. Mr. Moser received the Edwin S. Cohen Tax Prize for outstanding scholarship in the area of tax law and the Rosenbloom Award for his contributions to the law school community.

Following law school, Mr. Moser clerked for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following his clerkship, Mr. Moser moved to Washington, DC, and worked for two years at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), where he focused on tax planning and tax controversy, and four years at McKee Nelson (now Bingham McCutchen), where he focused on tax litigation.