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October 2016

Largest Indictment in New York City

Earlier this year, we saw the largest takedown of violent gang members in the history of New York City, according to the New York Post. According to the article, nearly 700 police officers and federal authorities participated in an early-morning raid on April 27, 2016 that targeted multiple housing projects in the Bronx. […]

September 2016

Man Admits to Murder that Sent Two Others to Prison

A recent article from the Times Union tells the story of a man in prison that has confessed to a murder almost 20 years ago, a murder which saw two other men convicted and sentenced to jail for the crime. On February 18, 1997, an Albany-area college student was shot in the head in his basement apartment, sustaining an injury that proved fatal when the victim succumbed to the gunshot and died later that morning. Two men were later convicted of the murder when they signed statements confessing to the murder after lengthy interrogations. […]

Recent Cocaine Busts Result in Arrests

Two major player in the cocaine industry in and around Albany have been arrested over the last few months as a result of law enforcement drug busts. The first major arrest, as reported by the Albany Herald, took place on March 11. A suspect that police stated was one of Albany’s most wanted alleged drug dealers was taken into custody. The suspect had originally been encountered by Albany-Dougherty County Drug Unit agents around 5:30 in the evening, at which point the suspect attempted to drive off and hit a tree. After the collision, the suspect took off on foot, and police caught up with the suspect shortly thereafter. According to the Albany-Dougherty County Drug Unit, this arrest qualifies as the third strike for the suspect. The suspect had reportedly been on probation up until around two years ago, and the most recent second strike had not resulted in a conviction. The suspect has reportedly been in the drug business for over a decade, and the most recent arrest resulted in the seizure of over $18,000 worth of drugs and over $2,000 worth of currency from searching the suspect’s car. […]

New York Occupational Licensing Survey

Charged with a crime in New York? If you have, you might wonder if your job might be at stake. To help our readers and clients, we’ve compiled a list of job titles, possible criminal record restrictions, related restrictions, and any rights or appeals procedures. This information was developed from the Legal Action Center. […]

Father Charged in Death of Young Son Free on Bail

Additional charges have recently been filed against a father implicated in the death of his young son, according to the Buffalo News. The defendant has recently been arraigned on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide related to the death of his four-year-old son, and is also facing the following charges related to the incident that led to the young child’s death: manslaughter, vehicular assault, and two misdemeanor charges of acting in a manner injurious to a child. […]

August 2016

Some States are Scrambling to Find Drugs

New York hasn’t seen a legal execution since 1963, when John F. Kennedy occupied the White House. It was a common event in the late 19th century, and for most of the 20th century as well. After all, New York was the state that invented the electric chair in 1890. […]

Corrections Officer Suspected in State Insurance Plan Fraud

The Times Union recently published an article about a massive case of insurance fraud targeting the Empire Plan, New York State’s employees’ insurance plan. The corrections officer himself allegedly received over $70,000 for his involvement in the scheme. Now the target of a criminal probe from the Onondaga County district attorney’s office, the alleged scam involved providing hundreds of state workers with high-quality personal earbuds that had been billed to the state’s insurance plan as medically necessary hearing aids costing $3,000 per person. Over 90 percent of the hearing aid billings were fraudulent, amounting to over $1.6 million dollars being illegally billed. An arrest of the business owner that provided the earbuds and billed them fraudulently was made last November and resulted in charges that include felony counts of insurance fraud and grand larceny. […]

July 2016

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