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Friday, Sep 8, 2017

NYC Restaurateur Gets Prison for $12M Ponzi Scheme

NYC Restaurateur Gets Prison for $12M Ponzi Scheme

The former Harlem restaurant owner who ran a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of $12 million -- and who was connected to the two businessmen accused last year of bribing NYPD officers -- was sentenced...

Thursday, Sep 7, 2017

Champion Boxer Gets 25-Year Sentence for Beating Ex to Death

Champion Boxer Gets 25-Year Sentence for Beating Ex to Death

A former champion pro boxer from Queens has been convicted of murder and other charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend, who was stabbed and bludgeoned to death with a pipe on a city street more than two years...

Thursday, Sep 7, 2017

No Bail for NJ Mom Charged in Toddler's Car Seat Death

No Bail for NJ Mom Charged in Toddler's Car Seat Death

A New Jersey mom who allegedly was high on drugs in her car and left her 2-year-old daughter unattended for hours in her car seat, where she fatally injured herself, will remain in custody until her trial.

Friday, Sep 8, 2017

'Boomer & Carton' Co-Host Arrested

'Boomer & Carton' Co-Host Arrested

Craig Carton, co-host of WFAN's morning sports talk show "Boomer & Carton," has been arrested in connection with an alleged multimillion-dollar fake ticket scam, the gains from which he used in part to...

Friday, Sep 1, 2017

Judge Won't Alter Trial Schedule in Menendez Corruption Case

Judge Won't Alter Trial Schedule in Menendez Corruption Case

A judge in the federal bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez has rejected his request to schedule the trial so that the New Jersey Democrat will be able to attend critical Senate votes.

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

DOJ Says Senator From NJ Told ‘Lies’ to Cover up Corruption

DOJ Says Senator From NJ Told ‘Lies’ to Cover up Corruption

Federal prosecutors told a federal judge that Sen. Robert Menendez repeatedly told “lies” to the press to cover up a “corrupt pact spanning seven years” that included free private jet trips the senator received...

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

NYC Woman Steals $1M Worth of Six Flags, Dorney Park Tix: DA

NYC Woman Steals $1M Worth of Six Flags, Dorney Park Tix: DA

A Staten Island woman has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $1 million worth of Six Flags and Dorney Park tickets using a credit card belonging to the Brooklyn-based charter bus company where...

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017

Designer Drug Lab Linked to Death Ran Out of Lux High-Rise

Designer Drug Lab Linked to Death Ran Out of Lux High-Rise

A Queens man and a New Jersey woman have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to distribute dangerous designer drugs, including a synthetic opioid several times more potent than morphine that has been...

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

NYC Man Allegedly Tries to Join ISIS in Syria

NYC Man Allegedly Tries to Join ISIS in Syria

The family of a young Queens man arrested for allegedly trying to join with ISIS in Syria say they're in shock, and they never saw the arrest coming.

Friday, Aug 25, 2017

Menendez Asks for Trial Schedule to Allow Senate Votes

Menendez Asks for Trial Schedule to Allow Senate Votes

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has asked the federal judge in his upcoming corruption trial to alter the trial schedule so he can be present for important Senate votes in Washington.

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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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