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In The News

 

Jury acquits Rhode Island woman in 1990 Harlem murder:

On Wednesday, defense lawyers Frank Rothman and Adam Konta argued in summations that prosecutors had failed before trial to turn over a… Read more

June 13, 2019 — New York Post

 

East Harlem man deemed mentally unfit to stand trial has been waiting more than 4 years at Rikers Island for a resolution:

“I never had a client like Joel as far as how long it has gone on,” said his lawyer Adam Konta. “He’s someone who desperately needs long-term…” Read more

January 16, 2019 — New York Daily News

 

Prosecutors fails to turn over critical evidence in 1990 cold case murder:

Defense lawyers Frank Rothman and Adam Konta argued in summations that the district attorney’s office failed to provide a signed statement… Read more

June 12, 2019 — New York Post

 

NYC inmate who fought jail staff over a wheelchair for 3½ years acquitted of drug charges:

“I teared up,” said Bullock’s lawyer, Adam Konta. “I was so happy for him.” “To be in jail for that long with evidence that was so thin…it…” Read more

November 30, 2018 — New York Daily News

 

Officers Said They Smelled Pot. The Judge Called Them Liars.

Police officers can often justify a search with six words: “I smelled an odor of marijuana.” Read more

September 12, 2019 — The New York Times

 

Former club promoter acquitted of causing death of 72-year-old crack user:

A former club promoter was acquitted Monday in the 2013 death of a 72-year-old crack user he shoved in the lobby of an East Harlem building. Lequan Clark, 31, was seen on video pushing the much older David Reiff at his senior citizen public housing building on E. 117th St. around 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2013. Read more

July 2, 2018 — New York Daily News

 

Trio of crooks busted in $1.8M cryptocurrency heist:

Three cyber crooks — including a church worker and a city Education Department staffer — were busted Tuesday for an elaborate $1.8 million cryptocurrency heist, authorities said. The Nov. 4, 2017, scheme allegedly was orchestrated by Louis Meza, 35, who was arrested last December for the robbery. Read more

June 12, 2018 — New York Post

 

Mistrial declared for Virginia men accused of funneling weapons into New York City:

A mistrial has been declared for two Virginia men chared with illegally funneling weapons into New York City. Trenton Pointer, 47, and Daemon Jenkins, 51, are expected to be tried again on conspiracy and weapons sale charges in Manhattan Supreme Court after a jury Monday failed to reach a verdict. The trial opened in late November; a new date was set for April 9. Both defendants were extradited to New York in April 2016. “We always said there was not jurisdiction to prosecute this case and so we are not surprised to learn the jury was unable to reach a verdict,” Pointer’s lawyer Robert Georges said. Read more

February 6, 2018 — New York Daily News

 

Ex-VP of exercise bike startup stole over $400G from firm to fund lavish lifestyle:

He took his employer for a ride. A former executive at a popular exercise bike startup stole more than $400,000 from his firm and brazenly posted selfies on social media that show him living large off of his ill-gotten gains, Manhattan prosecutors say. “There’s a lot more to this story than what’s in the indictment,” Georges said. “And as the pictures on social media show, some of the funds were used to promote the company itself.” Read more

May 30, 2017 — New York Daily News

 

NYPD shuts down sprawling East Coast gun ring:

The NYPD has shut down an elaborate gun-running ring that funneled more than six dozen firearms into the city from New Jersey and other “Iron Pipeline” states over the last year, officials announced Monday. Read more

April 25, 2017 — New York Post

 

Brothers used Chinatown buses, Uber to smuggle illegal guns:

A pair of brothers used Chinatown buses and Uber cars to smuggle guns from South Carolina to areas around the Big Apple, officials said on Wednesday. Shavar Stuckey, 31, and Levon Jackson, 30, who are half-brothers, are both facing a 203-count indictment that includes charges of fourth-degree conspiracy and first, second and third-degree criminal weapons sales, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Read more

March 22, 2017 — New York Post

 

How One Drug Cartel Banked Its Cash in New York City:

In the photos, Alejandra Salgado and her little brother Francisco look like ordinary tourists strolling the streets of midtown Manhattan. He carries a shopping bag. She wears a white dress, a necklace and a leather tote slung over one shoulder. But the outings were hardly innocent. Over two hours, federal agents snapped pictures as the pair visited seven banks, stopping at each one to make cash deposits of just under $10,000 — all from piles of drug money stashed in their bags…. The brother and sister took plea deals resulting in sentences of 16 months to 4 years. Alejandra Salgado’s attorney, Robert W. Georges, said it’s certain his client will be deported once she serves her time — a fate she’s accepted.

October 23, 2016 — CBS News / Associated Press

 

Designer Arraigned on Misdemeanor Charges, Felonies Dropped — UPDATE:

Designer’s record will be cleared after the District Attorney agreed to drop his last drug possession charge, according to TMZ. The D.A.’s office will seal the case and dismissed the charge on Tuesday… Read more

September 10, 2016 — Rollingstone

 

‘Panda’ rapper Designer’s gun charges dropped as he’s released on misdemeanors:

He beat the rap — almost. Sidney Royel Selby, better known as Designer, was released without bail Saturday after being arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on three misdemeanor counts of menacing and drug possession — but no gun charges… Read more

September 10, 2016 — New York Daily News

 

Designer Fresh Outta Jail…Still Hype As Ever:

Designer is a free man after being locked up for his road rage incident … and one thing’s for sure, the pokey didn’t put him in the dumps… Read more & Watch video

September 10, 2016 — TMZ

 

Designer Released from Jail: ‘They Tried to Keep Me In…But They Can’t’ [VIDEO]:

Designer is a free man following his arrest on drugs and weapons charges stemming from a road rage incident in New York on Thursday (Sept. 8). The Brooklyn rhymer was released without bail on Saturday (Sept. 10) after his arraignment… Read more & Watch video

September 10, 2016 — The Boom Box / TMZ

 

Feds bust five in $86M scam of Medicare and Medicaid:

Five people were busted for bilking Medicare and Medicaid in a years long, $86 million scam in which they paid kickbacks in order to bill for bogus procedures, an indictment filed in Brooklyn Monday charges. Read more

June 20, 2016 — NY Post

 

Rappers Based Lyrics on Their Credit Card Fraud, Prosecutors Say:

Pop Out Boyz, a rap collective from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, took their lyrics from real life when they released a single this spring all about the material rewards of a crime not often mentioned in urban pop music — credit card fraud, prosecutors said. Read more

June 1, 2016 — NY Times

 

‘I can’t go on’ — Juror dissension as Bonanno case ends in mistrial:

After almost three years, a nearly three-month trial and eight days of deliberations, the case against four Bonanno mob suspects ended in a mistrial… Read more

May 12, 2016 — Staten Island Advance (SILive.com)

 

Mistrial declared in a Manhattan mob case after jury foreman scuttles deliberations:

A mistrial was declared Tuesday following a three-month Manhattan mob trial — and it featured some of the same dram as “Good Fellas.” Eight days of deliberation by five men and seven women… Read more

May 11, 2016 — New York Daily News

 

Bail set for Bonanno mafia goons despite one calling judge “effing b-ch,’ prosecutor a ‘j-k off’ he’d like to see ‘on fire’:

Its about “effing’ time. Bail was set for four Bonanno “bad boys” who have been behind bars for three years in light of Tuesday’s mistrial… Read more

May 11, 2016 — New York Daily News

 

Judge: State’s evidence against mob defendant ‘Skinny’ Santoro the strongest:

After hearing the state’s case during the nearly three-month Bonanno mob trial, Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer said the evidence against a reputed Staten Island mobster was “by far the strongest.” Based on his decision, Dwyer on Wednesday set bail for… Read more

May 11, 2016 — Staten Island Advance (SILive.com)

 

Bail set for alleged mobsters are case ends in mistrial:

A Manhattan judge set bail for a crew of reputed Bonanno mobsters the day after their case ended in a mistrial — despite prosecutors insistence that the men were a flight risk who should remain locked up… Read more

May 11, 2016 — New York Post

 

Mobsters are safe (for now) as judge declares mistrial:

A Manhattan judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after a disgruntled juror refused to continue deliberations against reputed Bonanno capo Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora… Read more

May 10, 2016 — New York Post

 

The skinny on ‘Skinny’ — A look at man at center of the Bonanno mob trial:

On one side, prosecutors say he’s a violent Bonanno mob enforcer caught on wiretap threatening people with hatchets… Read more

May 10, 2016 — Staten Island Advance (SILive.com)

 

87 Bronx gang members responsible for nine years of murders and drug-dealing charged in largest takedown in NYC history:

An unprecedented bust of two warring street gangs nabbed 87 suspects charged Wednesday in a lethal nine-year reign of violence and drug-dealing in Bronx housing projects. A pair of federal indictments identified 120 violent hoodlums targeted in a series of predawn raids by the NYPD and federal agents at Eastchester Gardens and the nearby Edenwald Houses. Read more
April 28, 2016 — NY Daily News

 

Nicky Cigars’ lawyer: Authorities followed him to coffee shop, Petco:

Authorities followed an old man around town in a bid to pain him as a head of a mafia gambling, loan-sharking and drug peddling crew… Read more

April 19, 2016 — New York Daily News

 

Prosecutor: ‘Skinny’ Santoro was at the center of Bonanno gambling activity:

Anthony (Skinny) Santoro was the key player in the Bonanno crime family’s illegal gambling operation, the organization’s easy moneymaker… Read more

April 19, 2016 — Staten Island Advance (SILive.com)

 

‘Skinny’ Santoro was a broke hustler, not a mobster, defense lawyer says:

Anthony (Skinny) Santoro, his lawyer claims, was a broke hustler, and not the violent, money-making mobster… Read more

April 18, 2016 — Staten Island Advance (SILive.com)

 

$2.4 Billion Subway Stop Was Leaking Before It Opened:

The authority is facing a lawsuit from a subway rider who said she and her mother fell down an escalator at the station last month after moving to avoid water dripping from above. Meng He, 29, who lives near the station, said the women felt drops hitting their heads as they rode the escalator up to the ticket-booth area. Her mother shifted her body to the side, letting go of the handrail and falling back into her daughter, He said. Ms. He says she injured her right foot and ankle and has had to use crutches. Her lawyer, Robert W. Georges, notified the authority that she planned to sue, claiming it should have fixed the hazardous conditions at the station. Read more

March 29, 2016 — NY Times

 

EXCLUSIVE: Leaking Hudson Yards station caused woman serious injuries after slippery fall on wet escalator suit:

When it leaks, it pours. A 29-year-old woman who says she fell and injured herself because of a steady stream of water falling from above a mammoth escalator at the new Hudson Yards-34th St. No. 7 train station is suing the city, the Daily News has learned. Her lawyer Robert Georges said the woman quickly noticed that “people were tweeting directly at the MTA’s handle since January that there was a problem. Read more

March 27, 2016 — NY Daily News

 

Woman Sues Following Escalator Slip At Leaky Hudson Yards Station:

Meng He had a scary experience last month riding the long escalator at the new Hudson Yards subway station. Her lawyer, Robert Georges, said He’s 64-year-old mother slipped because of leaking water and they both tumbled down the escalator. Read more

March 27, 2016 — CBS New York

 

Prosecution details bust of Staten Island man with alleged mob ties:

An alleged Staten Island mobster was living like a gangster when the cops busted into his home and found him stocked with sex pills, drugs, wads of cash and about a half dozen guns… Read more

March 25, 2016 — Staten Island Advance (SILive.com)

 

Bonanno defense team claims key witness killed 7 people:

The defense in a mob case is taking offense, saying a key prosecution witness against a group of ordinary men is a real bad guy… Read more

February 10, 2016 — New York Daily News

 

The Mob is alive and well, prosecute says:

The mob is still thriving, Manhattan prosecutors told jurors Tuesday at the trial if reputed Bonanno capo Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora… Read More

February 10, 2016 — New York Post

 

Report: No ‘sleep with the fishes’ by alleged mobster:

A defense attorney used mob slang to send a message to a jury that his client, Anthony Santoro of Staten Island, has never committed murder, according to a report… Read more

February 10, 2016 — Staten Island Advance (SILive.com)

 

Prosecutors Allege Persistent Heating Oil Fraud in New York City:

In a city of glittering office towers and computerized transactions, of records kept in the cloud and fuels that send less soot into the sky, the authorities say old-fashioned corruption of the most brazen kind still poisons the heating oil industry. Read more

November 10, 2015 — NY Times

 

Two teens arrested in fatal beating of man outside Brooklyn deli:

Cops have arrested two of the five men who fatally beat a 38-year-old man while stealing his cell phone outside a Brooklyn deli, officials said Saturday… Read more

August 29, 2015 — NY Daily News

 

‘Staggering’ pain claims in Brooklyn stoke suspicion:

A network of Brooklyn specialists, many of whom have made millions from Medicare, are also sharing a lot of the same patients, according to a USA TODAY analysis of referral data. A referral is counted as each instance when a patient saw a practitioner within 30 days of visiting another. In many cases, records show that patients saw these specialists dozens of times between Jan. 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013….. Read more

July 9, 2014 — USA Today

 

Dozens of Gang Suspects Held in Raids in Manhattan:

Police officers in body armor swooped into two Manhattan housing projects at dawn on Wednesday in simultaneous raids aimed at scores of suspected gang members indicted on charges of planning and carrying out tit-for-tat gun battles stretching back to the 2011 murder of an 18-year-old basketball star…. Read more

June 4, 2014 — The New York Times

 

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – — A 62-year-old man was convicted Thursday, April 17, in the murder of Terry Camper, a Peekskill cabdriver:

John Murray was convicted of first-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said… Read more

April 17, 2014 — Peekskill Daily Voice

 

Seven Individuals Charged in Connection with Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Modification Scheme:

Scheme Victimized Financially Struggling Homeowners Across the United States… Read more

October 23, 2013 — FBI — New York Field Office

 

11 Charged in Lower Manhattan Drug Ring:

Along Avenue D in Manhattan, Dwayne Mitchell was known as Dubbs, an affable ladies man who drove an Infiniti and had fathered several children with different girlfriends. He won the affection of many residents by paying for block parties and throwing barbecues. He even took neighborhood children to amusement parks like Six Flags… Read more

October 15, 2013 — The New York Times

 

Violent Backpage.com pimp Leon Brown guilty of sex trafficking:

A Manhattan jury found a violent pimp who advertised women on Backpage.com guilty of sex trafficking a teenage girl. Read more

August 27, 2013 — New York Daily News

 

Judge Rules he is Powerless to Grant Hearing to Fired Cop:

An ex-police officer who claims he recorded fake summonses to meet an allegedly illegal quota ought to be entitled to a hearing to explain the circumstances that led to his termination and loss of a pension, but he has no such right, a judge has held…. Read more

August 23, 2013 — New York Law Journal

 

Former accounting firm partner gets 3 years in jail for embezzlement:

A disgraced former partner for the prestigious Manhattan accounting firm Citrin Cooperman was carted off to serve at least three years prison today for embezzling almost a million dollars from two of his closest friends and the estate of convicted Westchester County wife-murderer Werner Lippe…. Read more

April 10, 2013 — New York Post

 

18 Arrested in Candy Wrapper Drug Ring:

The suspects were arrested after they allegedly sold or agreed to sell the drugs to undercover officers on numerous occasions in East Harlem. Investigators say some of the drugs were packaged in candy wrappers…

March 16, 2013 — NBC New York

 

Troubled club-promoting date-rape suspect now charged in pushing death of 72-year-old East Harlem man:

Lequan Clark, 25, whose date-rape trial has twice ended in a hung jury, is facing felony assault charges connected with the death of David Reiff. Clark formerly promoted for SoHo’s notorious Greenhouse… Read more

February 12, 2013 — Daily News

 

Wife, Boyfriend Charged With Murder In Peekskill Cab Driver’s Death:

Police have arrested a woman and her boyfriend in the murder of her cabbie husband in Peekskill earlier this week… Read more

October 5, 2012 — CBS New York

 

Hung jury for SoHo club promoter accused of date-rape:

After three days of deliberations that stretched late into the night, a Manhattan jury hung by one, pro-acquittal vote late Friday on violent date-rape charges against a club promoter at SoHo’s notorious Greenhouse nightclub.
Following the 10:20 p.m. verdict, the buff and well-dressed young promoter hugged defense lawyer Robert Georges and left Manhattan Supreme Court without talking to reporters… Read more

September 8, 2012 — New York Post

 

Cops nab gang member who fired gun into crowd, wounded teen:

Plainclothes cops collared a teenaged gang member who wounded a 14-year-old boy after firing shots into a crowd of people in Queens early this morning, authorities said today… Read more

February 22, 2012 — New York Post

 

Ex-NYC youth minister gets 22 years in sex case:

A former youth minister who admitted he sexually abused five girls who attended his historic church but then tried to take back his guilty plea was sentenced Tuesday to 22 years in prison…

December 20, 2011 — The Wall Street Journal

 

Mistrial Declared in Drug Trial Connected to Tainted Cop:

A mistrial was declared Wednesday in a case where prosecutors hid the role of a federally-indicted NYPD detective in a drug bust until the last day of testimony… Read More

October 6, 2011 — DNAinfo

 

Bronx teens out for night of vandalism wind up injured after van overturns:

A trio of Bronx teens out for a night of graffiti vandalism wound up injured — one of them critically — when their van crashed early Saturday…

April 17, 2011 — Daily News

 

A ‘crack’ salesman:

Authorities say a motor-mouthed gang banger gave them an incriminating earful over the monitored phone lines at Rikers… Read More

February 17, 2011 — New York Post

 

9th member of Latin King Goonies gang accused of torturing gay man is in custody:

Lawyer Robert Georges said he spoke to detectives on Friday — the day police revealed the heinous crime spree — and brokered the deal for Vargas-Perez to surrender today… Read More

October 11, 2010 — Daily News

 

9th Suspect Is Arrested in Attacks in the Bronx:

Mr. Georges said his client was not involved in the attacks and did not belong to the Latin King Goonies, the gang that the police said was responsible… Read More

October 11, 2010 — The New York Times

 

59 cabbies charged in massive double-rate fare ‘scam’:

A traffic jam of cabbies was herded into a Manhattan courtroom yesterday to face charges of cheating some 77,000 riders in the most “widespread con operation” in the industry’s history

September 23, 2010 — New York Post

 

Back to jail for nursing home exec in bribe scandal:

Ms. Sieger was taken to a medical facility at Rikers Island on Thursday morning after she complained to officials that she did not feel well enough to attend the hearing, Robert Georges told the court…. Read More

August 26, 2010 — Crains New York Business

 

Accused Getaway Driver Charged with Murdering Film Editor Karen Schmeer in Hit-and-Run:

The driver accused of killing award-winning film editor Karen Schmeer on the Upper West Side as he sped away from a robbery has been charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday… Read More

March 19, 2010 — DNAinfo

 

Man Charged in Immigration Fraud Scheme:

A man convicted of bigamy in Georgia six years ago has been indicted in an immigration fraud scheme in which he is accused of offering to marry two illegal Guyanese immigrants in Brooklyn to help them gain legal status… Read More

October 15, 2009 — The New York Times