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Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

12 Indicted in $12M Scheme to Sell Stolen Products on Amazon

12 Indicted in $12M Scheme to Sell Stolen Products on Amazon

Twelve people have been indicted in a multimillion-dollar scheme to steal merchandise from retail stores in 28 states, including New York, and resell the stolen products on Amazon and eBay, officials said...

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017

Fraud Trial Starts for Eye Doc Accused of Bribing Menendez

Fraud Trial Starts for Eye Doc Accused of Bribing Menendez

A prominent Florida eye doctor tied to a U.S. senator's alleged corruption built much of his fortune by defrauding Medicare and instilling false hopes in his patients, a federal prosecutor told a jury Thursday.

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

Paterson Mayor Joey Torres Surrenders in Corruption Probe

Paterson Mayor Joey Torres Surrenders in Corruption Probe

Paterson Mayor Joey Torres surrendered to authorities Monday to face charges in connection with a state corruption investigation.

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

Indicted Mayor Goes to City Hall, DPW Worker Turns Self In

Indicted Mayor Goes to City Hall, DPW Worker Turns Self In

Paterson Mayor Joey Torres appears to be taking his time turning himself in on corruption-related charges, one day after he and three city workers were indicted.

Monday, Mar 6, 2017

Christie Mentor Gets Probation in United Bribery Scandal

Christie Mentor Gets Probation in United Bribery Scandal

The former head of one of the nation's most powerful transportation agencies and a longtime mentor to Gov. Chris Christie was sentenced Monday to four years of probation after admitting he pressured United...

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

Paterson Mayor Torres Hit With Corruption Charges

Paterson Mayor Torres Hit With Corruption Charges

Paterson Mayor Joey Torres and three employees of the city's public works department were hit with state corruption-related charges Tuesday, hours after the I-Team first reported they would be indicted.

Monday, Mar 6, 2017

No Bail for Man Accused of Threats to Behead Mom, Join ISIS

No Bail for Man Accused of Threats to Behead Mom, Join ISIS

A New York man facing terrorism charges for allegedly trying to join ISIS or another extremist group in Syria was ordered held without bail after a brief court hearing Monday.

Sunday, Mar 5, 2017

Alleged Killer Mouths 'You Know I Love You' to Victim's Mom

Alleged Killer Mouths 'You Know I Love You' to Victim's Mom

The man accused of killing and dismembering a 19-year-old Brooklynite in 2005, then dumping some of his body parts in a subway tunnel, mouthed, 'You know I love you,' twice to the victim's mother as she sat...

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017

Yonkers Man Pleads Guilty in Deadly DWI Collision

Yonkers Man Pleads Guilty in Deadly DWI Collision

A Yonkers man has pleaded guilty in a head-on collision that killed another driver last August, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors say Liam Perry had a blood alcohol...

Friday, Mar 3, 2017

Man Arrested in Threats Against ADL, 7 Other Jewish Centers

Man Arrested in Threats Against ADL, 7 Other Jewish Centers

A man allegedly waging an intense campaign of harassment against a former lover was responsible for bomb threats against the Anti-Defamation League and some Jewish facilities around the country, authorities said...

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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 his comrades and secretly became an informant for the FBI months ago, authorities announced Tuesday.

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. Jonathan Dienst reports. This story was published Feb. 9, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.

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. And now New Jersey police have arrested an alleged mob associate who is believed to have helped carry out the Bloomfield, N.J. murder.

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 star was also charged in the federal case.

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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