Alongside our prosecutors who focus on street and cybercrime, we have more than 80 attorneys who investigate and prosecute a wide range of white-collar crimes. In addition to large-scale crimes committed in the financial sector, such as securities fraud, money laundering, and terrorism financing, we also investigate and prosecute cases involving employee embezzlement, fraudulent documents, insurance fraud, real estate offenses, unauthorized practice of law, and schemes to defraud the public.
Insider Theft and Fraud
It’s an unfortunate reality that corporations of all sizes are vulnerable to theft and fraud by insiders. Similarly, many individuals are victimized by professionals they hire and trust, including lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, and assistants. Companies need to be able to trust their employees and clients should be able to count on those that they hire to handle their finances with integrity. We are committed to prosecuting thefts and schemes of all sizes and encourage victims of these types of scams to report them.
- Former Attorney Sentenced to 4-to-12 Years in State Prison for Stealing Nearly $2 Million from More Than 50 Personal Injury Clients
- Former Attorney Sentenced to 3-to-9 Years in State Prison for Stealing More Than $2 Million from Three Clients
- Daniel Fodiman Sentenced to 2-to-6 Years in State Prison for Ponzi Scheme Involving Fake Commercial Investments
- John Puglisi Sentenced to 3-to-9 Years in State Prison for Stealing Millions Through Life Insurance Scam
- John Todorovich Sentenced to 2 ⅓-to-7 Years in State Prison for Stealing More Than $800,000
Crimes Against the Elderly
The District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Unit helps protect senior citizens from crimes of physical abuse, domestic violence, financial exploitation, and neglect. We are dedicated not only to the prosecution of perpetrators of crimes against seniors, but also to the prevention of these crimes through educational programs, partnerships, and events.
- Former Bank Employee Sentenced to 2-to-6 Years in State Prison for Stealing $178,000 from Elderly Customer
- Former Health Aid Convicted of Stealing More Than $260,000 from 99-Year-Old Woman
- Woman Sentenced to 3-to-9 Years in State Prison for Stealing More Than $2.8 Million from 95-Year-Old Employer
- DA Vance, NBC 4 New York / WNBC, Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU, and Senior Centers Partner for “Senior Scam Prevention Week”
In 2017, we formed an Antiquities Trafficking Unit committed to stopping the trade of stolen antiquities from historic sites around the world. Since 2012, we have recovered several thousand stolen antiquities collectively valued at more than $150 million, many of which have been returned to their rightful owners and repatriated to their countries of origin. These items include a Roman mosaic excavated from the Ships of Nemi; bronze figurines and pottery pieces; an Etruscan relic stolen from the site of a historic necropolis known as the “City of the Dead”; a marble sarcophagus fragment; a Buddhist sculpture stolen from an archaeological dig site; and a set of ancient Greek coins, among others.
- Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Returns Three Ancient Statues to Lebanese Republic
- Ancient Roman Mosaic Among Collection of Artifacts Being Repatriated to Italian Republic by Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
- Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Returns Ancient Etruscan Vessel to Italy
Results from the 2016 Great Elephant Census show there are only 352,000 African savanna elephants still living – a decline of 30% over the last seven years. New York has one of the largest markets for elephant ivory in the United States, and we remain committed to shutting down this market for good.