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BROOKLYN MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR BLOODY SHOOTING AT QUEENS MOTEL LAST YEAR

January 20, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Rawle Washington, 27, has been charged with attempted murder, assault and other crimes for injuring a man he allegedly shot at the Surfside Motel in September 2021. The defendant allegedly fired several times at the victim. District Attorney Katz said, “As alleged, the defendant thought he made…

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH STABBING DEATH IN QUEENS; ONE OF THE DEFENDANTS ALSO CHARGED WITH SECOND MURDER TWO DAYS LATER

December 31, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Raymond Kenner, 22, and Alexander Stephens, 31, have been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a man killed in Hollis, Queens, on December 21, 2021. Defendant Kenner is additionally charged with killing another man with a knife in Jamaica, Queens on December 23rd. District Attorney…

DISBARRED LAWYER CHARGED WITH SWINDLING MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS FROM 44 CLIENTS

December 23, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that disbarred lawyer Yohan Choi, 47, has been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly bilking more than 40 clients out of nearly $620,000. Between August 2015 and August 2020, the Queens practitioner represented the victims in personal injury claims and allegedly failed to give his…

NETWORK OF DRUG DEALERS SUPPLYING COCAINE, CRACK AND HEROIN IN QUEENS, THE BRONX AND NASSAU COUNTY DISMANTLED FOLLOWING LONG-TERM INVESTIGATION

December 21, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, announced today that 11 people have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and four of the accused have also been additionally charged in criminal complaints. The defendants allegedly operated as a network of dealers who supplied a variety of…

QUEENS WEBSITE CONSULTANT CHARGED WITH LARCENY FOR SWIPING ABOUT $233,000 IN CRYPTOCURRENCY FROM TWO TECH ENTREPRENEURS

December 20, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Nithushan Sachchithanantham, 28, has been charged with grand larceny for stealing the proceeds of an online sale of more than 3,000 non-fungible tokens. The defendant set up an online sale of digital artwork for his two clients and then allegedly diverted nearly $233,000 in SOL cryptocurrency to…

BROOKLYN LAWYER CHARGED WITH BILKING PPP COVID RELIEF AND SBA DISASTER LOAN PROGRAMS OUT OF $287,000 WITH BOGUS CLAIM OF PAYING WORKERS AT ST. ALBANS REALTY COMPANY

December 16, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett, U.S. Postal Inspection Service-New York Division, announced today that defense attorney Jamie Burke, 59, has been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly lying on the Federal Paycheck Protection Payment…

QUEENS WOMAN CHARGED WITH SCHEME TO STEAL THE ST. ALBANS HOME OF AN ELDERLY VETERAN

December 10, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jasmine Morgan, 32, has been charged with grand larceny, identity theft and other crimes. The defendant allegedly posed as the granddaughter of an elderly veteran to fraudulently transfer a property deed into her name and then collected more than $134,000 when she sold the home in March…

FLUSHING PEDIATRICIAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY FOR ALLEGED KNIFE ATTACK ON PREGNANT EMPLOYEE

December 10, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jianqiang An, 58, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on attempted murder and assault charges. The defendant allegedly stabbed a female employee at his medical office in Flushing, Queens on June 21, 2021. District Attorney Katz said, “A medical…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES FOR MURDER AND SEX ABUSE OF WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN BUILDING LOBBY

December 10, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Quiming Wan, 52, has been indicted by a Queens grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder and related charges in the death of a 29-year-old woman whose body was found in the lobby of the defendant’s building on November 1, 2021. District Attorney Katz said, “The…

FORMER POLICE OFFICER INDICTED FOR MOONLIGHTING JOB AS DRUG DEALERS’ SECURITY AND COCAINE DELIVERYMAN

December 10, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Ishmael Bailey, 38, who resigned from the NYPD after his arrest in 2019, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court. The defendant is charged in a 13-count indictment with selling and possessing a controlled substance, bribe receiving, conspiracy and other…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING ARSENAL OF ILLEGAL “GHOST” GUNS

December 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by NYPD Chief of Intelligence Thomas Galati, announced today that Chaz McMillan, 20, has been charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal sale of a firearm and numerous other charges for allegedly having a stockpile of illegal weapons – including “ghost” guns, large capacity magazines…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ROLE IN JFK CARGO HEIST OF LUXURY DESIGNER GOODS

December 7, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, with the Port Authority Chief Security Officer John Bilich, announced today that Gary McArthur, 44, has been sentenced to up to 13½ years in prison after pleading guilty in June to holding more than $2.5 million in stolen Gucci and Chanel designer merchandise. The luxury items were part of a…

TWO MEN CAUGHT IN TRAFFIC STOP WITH TWO KILOS OF FENTANYL

December 7, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Luis Navarro Gonzalez and Juan Esquer have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and other crimes after they were pulled over during a traffic stop in Bayside, Queens and police found two kilos of fentanyl allegedly in the defendants’ vehicle. District Attorney Katz said,…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES FOR SHOOTING TO DEATH HIS MOTHER’S COMPANION

December 2, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Desean McCain, 22, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder charges for the shooting death of his mother’s 47-year-old boyfriend.  The incident took place inside the defendant’s mother’s apartment in the Pomonok Houses on November 2, 2021. District…

QUEENS RESIDENT INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN BROAD DAYLIGHT SHOOTING

November 29, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Waturi Johnson, 51, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder charges and other crimes for allegedly shooting a young man in front of a car service on October 4, 2021, in Far Rockaway, Queens. District Attorney Katz said,…

THREE MEN CHARGED WITH ROBBING WAREHOUSE ON LONG ISLAND AFTER PLANNING AND REHEARSING HEIST IN QUEENS LOCATIONS

November 24, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that three defendants have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury following a complex surveillance investigation that uncovered a warehouse break-in scheme that was planned in Queens County over a two-week period in early July 2021. As alleged, four workers at the facility were restrained and property…

ACCESS-A-RIDE DRIVER CHARGED WITH E-HAIL APP SCAM FOR FAKING TRIPS, RAKING IN NEARLY $70,000

November 19, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by Office of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny, announced today that James Laverty, 72, has been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly bilking the MTA out of nearly $70,000. The Access-a-Ride driver allegedly submitted bogus claims for rides requested using a mobile phone…

BRONX MAN INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES FOR SHOOTING QUEENS RESIDENT FOLLOWING DISPUTE ON STREET

November 12, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Hector Crespo, 26, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder charges and other crimes for allegedly shooting a young man on the street on September 3, 2020, in Long Island City, Queens. District Attorney Katz said, “This was…

QUEENS MAN ARRAIGNED ON MURDER CHARGES FOR DEADLY SHOOTING OF MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND

November 10, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Desean McCain, 22, has been arraigned and charged with murder in the November 2 shooting death of a 47-year-old man, who was the boyfriend of the defendant’s disabled mother, in an apartment of the Pomonok Houses. District Attorney Katz said, “A domestic dispute erupted into chaos and tragedy…

BROOKLYN RESIDENT INDICTED IN CRASH THAT KILLED MAN ON BELT PARKWAY

November 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Jason Bical, 35, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other charges. The defendant was allegedly driving his vehicle at 92 mph while under the influence of both alcohol and drugs when he hit…

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