White Collar Crime

Because Manhattan is a global financial capital, our Office is uniquely positioned to fight white-collar crime. When criminal misconduct affects New York consumers, markets and institutions, we have the authority and resources to investigate.

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.

Industry Reform Cases

We work to preserve fair competition for businesses and consumers in New York City. Illegal monopolies, systemic wage and safety violations, and other illegal business practices have no place in Manhattan and are vigorously prosecuted. Through industry-wide investigations and sweeping criminal cases, we have uprooted corruption in a number of industries and sparked reforms that make our city safer.

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Police Accountability Unit

Law enforcement does its best work when we have the confidence and collaboration of the communities we serve. Corruption and misconduct by those who work in public safety undermines that confidence. Our office routinely prosecutes agency inspectors, police officers, political candidates, and city officials who abuse their positions of power and betray the public’s trust.

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Major Economic Crimes

Given our jurisdiction and expertise, our office is uniquely positioned to investigate and hold accountable those who illegally move money through New York’s financial system. We work to unravel and prosecute complex schemes including securities and investment fraud, money laundering, and terrorism financing.

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Spotlight: Sanctions Violations

Our office stands alone among state and local prosecutors in our contributions to the enforcement of U.S. sanctions and New York State business laws. Through vigorous investigations, our office and our federal partners have secured more than $12 billion in bank settlements since 2009 from institutions engaged in criminal transactions. Our work in this area has stopped money from flowing to terrorist groups, human rights violators, traffickers, money launderers and other criminal enterprises.

Insider Theft and Fraud

Companies and organizations 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.   

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Antiquities Trafficking

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.

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Illegal Ivory

Results from the 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.

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