From 2001-2004, Ambassador O’Neill worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. In this capacity he was responsible for long-term investigation and prosecution of financial crime, arson, embezzlement, forgery, fraud and other scams, schemes and white-collar crimes.

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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June 17, 2004

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today the arrests of a hospital social worker and two of her brothers on charges of stealing money from three ill patients in her care.

The defendants are: MILDRED PEREZ, a social worker at Beth Israel Hospital assigned to help mentally impaired outpatients managed their daily lives; her twin brother, MILTON PEREZ; and another brother, AMAURIS PEREZ. The defendants all live together in the Bronx.

Mr. Morgenthau said, "It is reprehensible for anyone to abuse a position of trust and cheat susceptible people - the young, immigrants or, as in this case, the elderly and mentally impaired. In this office, we see cases where millions of dollars are involved and while these defendants may have stolen less money, it was a lot of money for these victims. And, most importantly, these defendants took advantage of very vulnerable people."

Assistant District Attorney Louis O'Neill, who is assigned to the Special Prosecutions Bureau is handling the case under the supervision of Leroy Frazer, Bureau Chief. Financial Investigator Deepti Golash, who is assigned to the District Attorney's Financial Crimes Unit, also assisted under the supervision of Chief Frank Puma.

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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March 24, 2004

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today the guilty plea of Kaltech Industries Group, Inc, a Chelsea architectural sign manufacturing company in connection with an April, 2002 explosion in its West 19th Street offices.

The blast caused extensive damage to Kaltech's building and a building directly across the street. In total, 31 people were taken to hospitals, 16 were admitted for treatment and four received critical injuries requiring intensive care. Non-Kaltech employees working in the building were injured on the second, fourth and tenth floors, as were visitors to the building and pedestrians on West 19th Street. Six firefighters were also injured as they engaged in rescue efforts.

Assistant District Attorney Louis O'Neill, who is assigned to the District Attorney's Special Prosecutions Bureau, was in charge of the prosecution under the supervision of Bureau Chief Leroy Frazer.

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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February 17, 2004

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today that MICHAEL J. SHERMAN and his associate, OLEG OSTROFSKY, and his company MJS ASSOCIATES, have pleaded guilty for their roles in the theft of $27.7 million from distressed businesses that were either being liquidated in bankruptcy or otherwise restructured. SHERMAN and OSTROFSKY will be sentenced to state prison terms and pay millions in penalties.

MICHAEL J. SHERMAN has pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the First Degree and three counts of Falsifying Business Records. MJS ASSOCIATES has pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the First Degree. OLEG OSTROFSKY has pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the First Degree. Under the terms of his plea agreement, SHERMAN will be sentenced on June 30, 2004 to 2 ½ - 7 ½ years, and his company will pay $6 million to New York City and the costs of prosecution. Under the terms of his plea agreement, OSTROFSKY will be sentenced on June 30, 2004 to 1 - 3 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Rahul Kale and Louis O'Neill under the supervision of Special Prosecutions Bureau Chief Leroy Frazer and Thomas Wornom, Deputy Bureau Chief. David Ostrager and Michael Vecchio assisted in the case under the supervision of Financial Crimes Bureau Chief Frank Puma.




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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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December 13, 2003

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today charges against twelve women and one man for lying to the City Clerk while applying for marriage licenses. Each person claimed to have never been married before when in fact each had been married repeatedly. Altogether the thirteen had applied for 52 marriage licenses for spouses from India, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Pakistan and other countries.

To marry in the City of New York, people are required to fill out and sign an "affidavit and application for a license to marry." One of the questions asked in the application requires that the bride and groom list all prior marriages. Applicants must swear or affirm that the information is true. The completed application is filed with the City Clerk's Office and becomes part of its business records. None of the thirteen admitted to having married before.

Assistant District Attorney Louis O'Neill of the District Attorney's Special Prosecutions Bureau, is in charge of the case, under the supervision of Leroy Frazer Jr., Bureau Chief. The District Attorney's Detective Squad participated in the investigation.




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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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November 12, 2003

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today that FRANK CARONE and two of his companies have pleaded guilty for their roles in the theft of $27.7 million from distressed businesses that were either being liquidated in bankruptcy or otherwise restructured. CARONE will be sentenced to a state prison term and pay millions in penalties to New York City and New York State.

FRANK CARONE a/k/a FRANK BARI has pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Grand Larceny in the Third Degree. CONSOLIDATED AUCTIONEERS & LIQUIDATORS, INC. (CALI) has pleaded guilty to Attempted Grand Larceny in the First Degree. PRINCE MARKETING & MANAGEMENT GROUP, LTD. pleaded guilty to Insurance Fraud in the Second Degree. CARONE owns both companies.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, CARONE will be sentenced on March 1, 2004 to 2 - 6 years, and he and his companies will pay $2 million to New York State, $2 million to New York City and the costs of prosecution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Rahul Kale and Louis O'Neill under the supervision of Special Prosecutions Bureau Chief Leroy Frazer and Thomas Wornom, Deputy Bureau Chief. David Ostrager and Michael Vecchio assisted in the case under the supervision of Financial Crimes Bureau Chief Frank Puma.


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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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August 8, 2003

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced the indictment of a German man deported from Switzerland to New York yesterday afternoon, who worked at the desk of some of New York's top hotels and stole money through a number of schemes that netted him more than $85,000.

Former Hamburg, Germany police officer RALF KWASCHNIK, 43, currently of Zurich, Switzerland used his position as a front desk manager and knowledge about the hotel and travel industry to steal thousands of dollars and falsify business records to cover it up. Working at the Excelsior and the Pierre between 1997 and 2000, he accepted cash from travelers settling their bills, pocketed the cash and used his own credit cards to pay the charges. He then fabricated guest complaints about the hotel and authorized refunds based on those complaints to more than a dozen credit cards that he used.

In other cases, when customers cancelled their reservations, he arranged for the "no-show" refunds to be credited to his own credit card accounts instead of the hotels' customers. He also created two fake travel agencies allegedly working out of Hawaii - Worldwide Traveler and HNL Worldwide Traveler - and when travelers booked their own reservations he linked them with his bogus agencies and collected the 10% commission fee paid by the hotels to travel agencies. Those payments were made to a Hawaiian bank account that KWASCHNIK set up to receive the fraudulent commissions. The investigation, which is continuing, began in 2000 after the Pierre tried to solicit more business from a Hawaiian travel agency it had been dealing with only to discover that the address was a Mail Boxes Etc. in Honolulu.

Assistant District Attorney Louis O'Neill of the District Attorney's Special Prosecutions Bureau, is in charge of the case, under the supervision of Leroy Frazer Jr., Bureau Chief. Assistant District Attorney Elyse Ruzow and Detective James Gibson of the District Attorney's Detective Squad participated in the investigation.


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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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July 9, 2003

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today charges against six women for lying to the City Clerk while applying for a marriage license. Each woman claimed to have never been married before when in fact they had been married repeatedly. One woman had 27 marriage applications on file with the City Clerk's Office dating back to 1984. Altogether the six women had applied for 43 marriage licenses.

To marry in the City of New York, people are required to fill out and sign an "affidavit and application for a license to marry." One of the questions asked in the application requires that the bride and groom list all prior marriages. Applicants must swear or affirm that the information is true. The completed application is filed with the City Clerk's Office and becomes part of its business records. Only once did any of the six women admit to having married before and the spouse she named was not one of the many city marriages where she had been a bride.

DEZERRIE A. CORTES, 40, is charged with Perjury in the Second Degree and three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing on each of the three marriage applications she made at the City Clerk's Office between January 29, 2000 and March 26, 2002. She is also charged with one count of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree for her marriage application in 2002. Cortes applied for 27 licenses between 1984 and 2002 and married men from Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Pakistan and other countries.

Assistant District Attorney Louis O'Neill of the District Attorney's Special Prosecutions Bureau, is in charge of the case, under the supervision of Leroy Frazer Jr., Bureau Chief. The District Attorney's Detective Squad and Carrie Maylor of the Special Prosecutions Bureau participated in the investigation.


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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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June 18, 2003

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, joined by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner (DOI) Rose Gill Hearn, announced the arrests of 74 people for stealing money from the Municipal Credit Union (MCU) in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Forty-four people are still being sought for arrest. Of the total of 118 people who have either been arrested or are being sought, 27 are employees of New York City. The investigation is continuing into as many as 4,187 members of the Municipal Credit Union and the theft of $15 million.

Each of the defendants is charged with stealing more than $5,000 from MCU by using their ATM cards to withdraw funds in the weeks following the WTC attacks far in excess of their account balances. The defendants arrested today, as well as those who are still being sought, are all individuals who overdrew their accounts by more than $5,000 and who have made no effort to repay the money. The defendants have been charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree. The total amount stolen by these defendants is $730,518.68.

Within the District Attorney's Office, the cases have been investigated by Assistant District Attorney Brenda Fischer who coordinated the work for the District Attorney's Office under the supervision of Special Prosecutions Bureau Chief Leroy Frazer. The cases will be prosecuted by assistant district attorneys assigned to the Special Prosecutions Bureau.




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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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May 13, 2003

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today the indictment of two men who pretended to help immigrants trying to establish legal residence in the United States while stealing their money, thwarting their efforts to become citizens and, on at least one occasion, persuading a woman to enter into a false and bigamous marriage.

An investigation revealed that GENADII LEDNEV, A/K/A ANDREI LEBEDEV falsely claimed to be a lawyer specializing in immigration law. From late 2000 until March 2002, he advertised his services in Russian language newspapers offering legal counsel for people needing help with green cards, visas, citizenship and other immigration issues. He maintained an office which he called “Kaganovich and Associates – Specialized Immigration Law Firm” in a backroom at Irene Travel at 60 East 42nd Street. LEDNEV accepted fees for immigration advice and immigration-related documents which he then forged complete with seals and postmarks. He advised at least one client to marry SERGEI MALCHEVSKY for a fee to guarantee that she could stay in the United States. In fact, MALCHEVSKY was already married and within a month of marrying the victim took two more brides, one in Florida and another in New York. A hotline has been established for people who may have been victimized to call: 212-335-8900.

Assistant District Attorney Louis O’Neill of the District Attorney’s Special Prosecutions Bureau, presented the case to the grand jury, under the supervision of Leroy Frazer Jr., Bureau Chief. Investigators Joseph Lamendoia, Steve Akselrod, Tommy Pon and Jerry Harrington of the Investigations Bureau and Carrie Maylor of the Special Prosecutions Bureau participated in the investigation.




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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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October 16, 2002

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today the indictment and arrest of nine individuals and four companies on racketeering charges in the theft of $27.7 million from distressed businesses that were either being liquidated in bankruptcy or otherwise restructured.

Joined by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Mr. Morgenthau announced the unsealing of the 82-count indictment that charges the defendants with Enterprise Corruption, grand larceny, possession of stolen property, falsifying business records, commercial bribery, insurance fraud, false filings, antitrust violations and perjury. Enterprise Corruption is a class B felony which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Charged in the indictment are MICHAEL J. SHERMAN and his associate, OLEG OSTROFSKY, and FRANK CARONE a/k/a FRANKI BARI and his associates, RICHARD CIAPPINA, ANTON MAYER, JEFFREY KUNKLE, NICHOLAS CARONE, FRANK CARONE, JR., and MICHAEL YANCOFSKI. Also charged are SHERMAN’S company, MJS ASSOCIATES, and CARONE’S companies, CONSOLIDATED AUCTIONEERS & LIQUIDATORS, INC. (“C.A.L.I.”), PRINCE MARKETING & MANAGEMENT GROUP, LTD., and BARI RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA EQUIPMENT CORP.

The case was presented to the Grand Jury and will be prosecuted by Special Prosecutions Burea Assistant District Attorneys Rahul Kale and Louis O’Neill under the supervision of Bureau Chief Leroy Frazer.


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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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August 5, 2002

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, joined by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner (DOI) Rose Gill Hearn, announced the arrests of 62 people for stealing money from the Municipal Credit Union (MCU) in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Thirty-nine people are still being sought for arrest. Of the total of 101 people who have either been arrested or are being sought, 41 are employees of New York City; the remaining 60 are either employees of non-mayoral agencies or health care facilities. The investigation is continuing into as many as 4,000 members of the Municipal Credit Union and the theft of $15 million.

Each of the defendants is charged with stealing more than $7500 from MCU by using their ATM cards to withdraw funds in the weeks following the WTC attacks far in excess of their account balances.

Within the District Attorney's Office, the cases have been investigated by Assistant District Attorneys Brenda Fischer and Daniel Schwager who coordinated the work for the District Attorney's Office under the supervision of Special Prosecutions Bureau Chief Leroy Frazer. Paralegal Emily Ching also assisted with the cases. The cases will be prosecuted by assistant district attorneys assigned to the Special Prosecutions Bureau.




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DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NEW YORK COUNTY

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May 2, 2002

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today that a Pennsylvania woman, MARY GARCIA, was sentenced by Judge Herbert Altman to two to six years for defrauding people of at least $53,649 in two different schemes.

GARCIA's sentence stems from complaints made at the walk-in desk of the District Attorney's Special Prosecutions Bureau and the New York City Police Department about her. GARCIA admitted stealing $18,800 from six people who lived in her old neighborhood. She promised people that she could deliver leases for NYCHA apartments in a few weeks rather years. She described specific apartments in specific buildings to her "clients", saying that she could provide housing in the Knickerbocker Housing Development along the East River; 265, 275, and 300 Cherry Street; and 60 Baruch Street. She took a security deposit and one month's rent as well as money for "fees". Her victims never received anything after paying for her services and she never returned any money to them.

In the other scheme, GARCIA stole a relative's life savings of $34,849 between 1995 and 2000. She admitted telling him she needed the money for fees in a lawsuit she pretended to handle on his behalf. The defendant persuaded the victim that he could sue Cypress Hills Cemetery and win millions of dollars because the cemetery had moved his brother's gravesite. He withdrew the money that he had saved during 17 years of working in laundries in two lump sums and gave the cash to GARCIA as she requested it. She gave him receipts from money orders, making out the carbon receipts in ink to show fictitious payees and making the top, negotiable portion payable to herself. She cashed the money orders and never initiated any legal proceedings on his behalf.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Louis O'Neill who is assigned to the District Attorney's Special Prosecutions Bureau, under the supervision of Leroy Frazer Jr., Bureau Chief. Detective Antonio Minier of the District Attorney's Squad, under the supervision of Captain Sean Crowley, participated in the investigation.


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