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Your Weekly Update – April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month, an annual effort to raise public awareness of these crimes and educate the public on prevention methods. My office is committed to helping survivors break the silence surrounding rape and sexual assault allegations, which remain some of the most under-reported crimes… (Continued)

DRUG DEALER FROM GREAT NECK SENTENCED TO UP TO 6 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE

April 8, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Justin Lum, of Great Neck, has been sentenced to up to 6 years in prison after pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and drug possession in separate incidents resulting in the deaths of his girlfriend and a male acquaintance. Both victims – who had previously overdosed on…

STATEMENT OF DA MELINDA KATZ ON OUTCOME OF INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF UNLAWFUL USE OF FORCE DURING THE ARREST OF SIRCARLYLE ARNOLD

April 2, 2021

After a thorough investigation that included consultation with two medical experts and an NYPD expert in Physical Training and Tactics, interviews with multiple officers and Sircarlyle Arnold, and extensive review of NYPD Body Worn Camera footage, my office’s Public Corruption Bureau has determined there were no violations of Administrative Code 10-181 during Mr. Arnold’s arrest…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN STRAY BULLET KILLING OF YOUNG MOTHER IN ASTORIA

April 2, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Dajuan Williams, 19, is facing murder and weapons charges for allegedly shooting and killing a 37-year-old mother of two young children last month. The victim, an innocent bystander, was hit by a bullet intended for a rival gang member.

Your Weekly Update – April 2, 2021

April 2, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, It is important to me that you know about a scam that is affecting so many of our seniors here in Queens County. Seniors are being targeted on a daily basis by sophisticated phone scammers pretending to be a grandchild or other loved one in trouble and needing cash for bail….

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN BLUDGEONING DEATH OF ELDERLY NEIGHBOR

April 1, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Yomar Gonzalez, 38, has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on murder and other charges for allegedly beating his 71-year-old neighbor to death with a metal rod on March 17, 2021. District Attorney Katz said, “This was a senseless act of…

MAIL CARRIER CHARGED WITH STEALING CREDIT CARD FROM MAIL ROUTE AND USING IT TO PAY FOR $8,000 PLASTIC SURGERY Defendant Faces Up to Seven Years in Prison if Convicted

March 25, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Shakera Small, a United States Postal Service mail carrier, has been charged with identity theft, grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly using a credit card stolen from her postal route. The woman is accused of using that charge card to pay for an $8,000 surgical procedure…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ HOSTS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

March 25, 2021

NEWS ADVISORY              Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz presents a special celebration in honor of Women’s History Month. This virtual event takes place today, Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. The District Attorney will honor several women of the Queens community and this livestreamed event will also feature live performances. The Keynote…

QUEENS SOCCER COACH INDICTED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING STUDENT OVER FIVE YEAR PERIOD

March 17, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Jose Claros, 57, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on course of sexual conduct against a child, sex abuse and other charges for assaulting a 12-year-old student from 2013 through 2018 in his Richmond Hill, Queens, residence….

QUEENS DA MELINDA KATZ ASKS COURT TO DISMISS HUNDREDS OF CASES AGAINST PEOPLE CHARGED WITH LOITERING FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROSTITUTION AND RELATED CHARGES

March 16, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz appeared in Court today to request the dismissal of nearly 700 cases where people were detained, arrested and charged with loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution and prostitution-related crimes. Since taking office, DA Katz did not prosecute a single person charged with the vague loitering law that far…

MEDIA ADVISORY: DA MELINDA KATZ REQUEST DISMISSAL OF HUNDREDS OF CASES

March 16, 2021

NEWS ADVISORY   Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz will personally request the Court dismiss hundreds of cases for defendants currently charged with loitering for the purpose of prostitution and related charges tomorrow, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. before Queens Acting Supreme Court Justice Toko Serita. Even before becoming the District Attorney for Queens…

Your Weekly Update – March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I am excited to announce grant funding for a violence prevention program in Queens County, sponsored by my office…(Continued)

REHAB CENTER SOCIAL WORKER CHARGED WITH GRAND LARCENY FOR STEALING NEARLY $150,000 FROM 90-YEAR-OLD PATIENT

March 12, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Olivia Gordon, 28, has been charged with grand larceny, identity theft and other crimes for allegedly stealing nearly $150,000 from an elderly patient at a rehab center where she worked as the Director of Social Services in 2019. The defendant also is accused of setting things in…

QUEENS RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MURDER IN SHOOTING DEATH OF 33-YEAR-OLD MAN

March 12, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Mark Watson, 24, has been charged with murder and other crimes in the shooting death of a 33-year-old man in Hollis, Queens, Tuesday evening.   District Attorney Katz said, “A game of dice turned deadly after the defendant allegedly robbed and shot the victim to death. This…

FIFTH INDICTED DEFENDANT APPREHENDED AND CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY IN MILLION DOLLAR LUXURY GOODS HEIST FROM JFK AIRPORT IN 2020

March 11, 2021

Crew Allegedly Stole Millions of Dollars in Gucci, Chanel and Prada Merchandise; Defendant Faces Up to 25 Years in Prison if Convicted

QUEENS COUPLE INDICTED ON SEX TRAFFICKING AND OTHER CHARGES FOR TRANSPORTING WOMEN FROM KOREA AND FORCING THEM INTO PROSTITUTION

March 11, 2021

            Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Jung Ja Ornstein, 62, and Eric Ornstein, 49, have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on sex trafficking charges and other crimes for allegedly bringing two female victims from Korea and coercing them to…

THREE PROFESSIONAL TAX PREPARERS IN QUEENS CHARGED WITH FRAUD FOR FILING FALSE RETURNS THAT CHEATED CITY AND STATE

March 11, 2021

Defendants Worked at Two Unrelated Businesses in Flushing and Woodside; The Accused Allegedly Forged Signatures and Outright Lied on Returns to Downplay Tax Liability for Clients  Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael R. Schmidt, today announce that Yachun Lin of ETS Tax Services and Nayib…

SCAM AWARENESS AND FRAUD PROTECTION WEBINAR MEDIA ADVISORY

March 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz is sponsoring a Scam Awareness and Fraud Protection virtual event tomorrow, Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The event will include several legal experts from the District Attorney’s Office and partner tax advocates and specialists. The program will also be available in Spanish and Mandarin. The Queens…

QUEENS COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTS CAR WASH EMPLOYEE ON VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER AND DRUNK DRIVING CHARGES IN DEATH OF WOMAN STRUCK WHILE WALKING TO HER JUST-CLEANED AUTO

March 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that a Queens County grand jury has indicted Edwin Vargas Tabares, 43, who was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on vehicular manslaughter and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol charges. The defendant was allegedly intoxicated while working at an Ozone Park car wash business and struck…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY FILES JOINT MOTION WITH DEFENSE TO VACATE CONVICTIONS IN 1996 DOUBLE MURDER CASE BASED ON FAILURE TO DISCLOSE EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE

March 5, 2021

Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced the filing of a joint motion with defense counsel to vacate the convictions of George Bell, Gary Johnson, and Rohan Bolt, who were convicted of the December 21, 1996, murders of Ira “Mike” Epstein and NYPD Police Officer Charles Davis in the course of robbing Mr. Epstein’s…

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