Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst on crime, corruption and terrorism.

Jul 24, 2015

NY State Sen. Sampson Found Guilty of Obstruction

NY State Sen. Sampson Found Guilty of Obstruction

A once-powerful New York politician was convicted Friday on charges he took extreme measures to undermine a corruption investigation targeting him for embezzlement.

May 7, 2015

Exclusive: NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

Exclusive:  NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

The four officers who were attacked in Queens last October speak exclusively to News 4's Jonathan Dienst.

Jul 23, 2015

Long Island Man's Lawsuit Says Cops Beat Him 'Relentlessly'

Long Island Man's Lawsuit Says Cops Beat Him 'Relentlessly'

A Long Island man who claims he was pummeled by police officers during an April 2014 traffic stop that was caught on video has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers involved.

Jul 22, 2015

Leading New York Lawmaker Convicted of Lying to FBI

Leading New York Lawmaker Convicted of Lying to FBI

The No. 2 Republican in the New York Senate was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son.

Jul 22, 2015

Menendez Lawyers Seek Materials From Corruption Probe

Menendez Lawyers Seek Materials From Corruption Probe

Attorneys for indicted U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez went to court Wednesday seeking access to evidence they claim may show the corruption case against him originated from an unidentified informant, possibly connected...

Jul 20, 2015

Menendez Files Motions to Dismiss Corruption Indictment

Menendez Files Motions to Dismiss Corruption Indictment

Sen. Robert Menendez launched a wide-ranging attack on the corruption charges against him Monday, accusing Justice Department prosecutors of misconduct and setting the stage for what is likely to be a...

Jul 20, 2015

Afghani Nationals Face Heroin Trafficking Charges in U.S.

Afghani Nationals Face Heroin Trafficking Charges in U.S.

Two major heroin traffickers from Afghanistan charged in the US and caught overseas were brought to the United States by DEA agents late last week, authorities say.

Jul 17, 2015

Ex-NY Congressman Michael Grimm Gets Prison for Tax Evasion

Ex-NY Congressman Michael Grimm Gets Prison for Tax Evasion

Former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm was sentenced Friday to 8 months in prison for tax evasion.

Jul 17, 2015

19 Cops Accused of Misreporting Crimes in NYC Precinct

19 Cops Accused of Misreporting Crimes in NYC Precinct

Nineteen NYPD officers face departmental charges after city investigators uncovered dozens of instances where crimes were misreported at a Bronx precinct, authorities say.

Jul 16, 2015

2 Convicted in Death of Brooklyn Baby Shot in Stroller

2 Convicted in Death of Brooklyn Baby Shot in Stroller

Two men have been convicted in the shooting death of a New York City toddler who was killed in his stroller.

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Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to comment.

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.

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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last month.

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.

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