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May 14, 2019

Man Admits to $30M Fraud Targeting ‘Vulnerable and Elderly'

Man Admits to $30M Fraud Targeting ‘Vulnerable and Elderly'

A Long Island man pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection witha multi-million dollar fraud scheme that targeted the “vulnerable and elderly,” prosecutors say.

May 10, 2019

NJ Fraudster Who Used Ice Cream to Lure Seniors is Sentenced

NJ Fraudster Who Used Ice Cream to Lure Seniors is Sentenced

A New Jersey man who defrauded Medicare by using the promise of ice cream to lure senior citizens into genetic testing was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison.

Jan 9, 2019

NJ Judge Issues Arrest Warrant for Vet in GoFundMe Case

NJ Judge Issues Arrest Warrant for Vet in GoFundMe Case

The latest twist came less than three weeks after John Bobbitt Jr. promised to make his next court day, prosecutors said.

Jan 4, 2019

NJ Lawmaker Seeks Jail Time, Restitution for GoFundMe Fraud

NJ Lawmaker Seeks Jail Time, Restitution for GoFundMe Fraud

New legislation would tighten penalties for fraud schemes like the one prosecutors say involved a New Jersey couple and a homeless man who allegedly duped people into giving more than $400,000.

Dec 11, 2018

Former Cuomo Economic Guru Sentenced to Prison

Former Cuomo Economic Guru Sentenced to Prison

The former head of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute was sentenced Tuesday to 3½ years in prison for his role in corrupting the state's Buffalo Billion project.

Nov 14, 2018

Tax Preparers Stole Kids’ IDs to Get Millions Refunded: Feds

Tax Preparers Stole Kids’ IDs to Get Millions Refunded: Feds

A group of tax preparers allegedly used the stolen identities of children to help their clients claim millions of dollars in tax refunds they weren’t actually owed, prosecutors said.

Aug 9, 2018

NY Congressman Arrested on Insider Trading Charges

NY Congressman Arrested on Insider Trading Charges

The FBI has arrested New York Rep. Chris Collins on securities fraud-related charges, law enforcement officials said.

Jul 12, 2018

Buffalo Billion Corruption Trial Sees Key Players Convicted

Buffalo Billion Corruption Trial Sees Key Players Convicted

A federal jury in New York convicted key players Thursday on charges related to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program, leaving some lawyers grumbling that it's a bad time to...

May 16, 2018

New Jersey Health Care CEO Charged in $200 Million Fraud

New Jersey Health Care CEO Charged in $200 Million Fraud

The CEO of a New Jersey health care billing company was arrested by the FBI Wednesday on charges he orchestrated a $200 million fraud on unsuspecting investors.

Feb 13, 2018

NYPD Detective Faces Bank Fraud Charges

NYPD Detective Faces Bank Fraud Charges

An NYPD Detective assigned to the NYPD Crime Stoppers Unit and another man face federal charges of scheming to use stolen bank account numbers to make payments on the detective’s home mortgage and credit...

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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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