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January 2016 Archives

Man allegedly embezzled $4 million for estate

According to New York court documents, a business partner of a man who died leaving an $86 million estate allegedly embezzled $4 million from the estate while serving as a co-executor. The man is contesting that he embezzled the money and instead said he was rightfully owed the amount due to his reportedly having a 20 percent interest in a building in Manhattan.

Is New York City About To Ease Up On Petty Crimes?

Last April, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that she wanted to go easier on several low-level offenses in New York. Her list of bullshit crimes we shouldn't be sweating too much included urinating in public, making unreasonable noise, and hanging out in a park after dark. It might seem trivial, but according to a Daily News analysis at the time, roughly 2.7 million New Yorkers had been hit up for these kinds of petty infractions between 2001 and 2013.

Safety agency wants lower drunk driving limit

While New York residents may know that drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher are considered intoxicated, but they may be surprised to learn that the limit is far lower in most other countries. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, only the United States, Canada and Iran allow people to drive with blood alcohol levels higher than .05 percent.

New York Islander's former owner has sentence vacated

According to court documents, one of the former owners of the New York Islanders recently had his assessed 10-year sentence vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in Manhattan. Reportedly, the appellate court found that the record made by the sentencing judge did not meet certain requirements for imposing the sentence that was given.

Bank workers charged with taking $400,000 from inactive accounts

Prosecutors in New York have said that two men who worked at a Chase bank branch in Brooklyn stole in excess of $400,000 over a two-year period from account holders. The men are said to have carefully selected inactive accounts that had high balances and regular automatic Social Security Administration deposits. Many of the 15 accounts described by prosecutors were held by elderly individuals, and eight of the account holders were deceased.

New York personal banking representatives charged with theft

Prosecutors say that two New York bank employees stole more than $300,000 from the accounts of elderly or deceased individuals. The men worked as personal banking representatives at a JP Morgan Chase branch in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood where they are said to have targeted dormant accounts that were still receiving regular automated deposits from the Social Security Administration. Prosecutors say that the men illegally accessed 15 accounts between August 2012 and October 2013.

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