A two-and-a-half-year investigation resulted in charges for 17 individuals involved in a major Queens-based auto theft and “title washing” ring, where high-end vehicles were swiped off city streets and even from dealerships, officials announced Thursday.
Seven members of two organized fraud rings based in Flushing and Bayside were indicted by a grand jury Thursday following a two-year investigation leading to the dismantlement of the operations, officials said.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brow announced on Wednesday, December 11 the shutdown of a luxury automobile theft ring allegedly responsible for stealing 48 high-end vehicles, valued at close to $2.4 million, after an 18-month investigation.
As a result of the investigation, 18 people have been charged, including five people from Queens, said Brown.
It was the largest identity theft takedown in U.S. history. Last week, 111 people — members of five organized forged credit card and identity theft rings based in Queens and having ties to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East – were charged in 10 indictments with stealing the personal credit information of thousands of […]
Sixty one individuals have been charged in a $1.7 million undercover insurance fraud “sting” operation that resulted in the recovery of 70 high-end vehicles, including BMWs and Cadillacs, that had been falsely reported as stolen by their owners. Fifty-one of the individuals are in custody. The remaining ten are presently being sought. According to the […]
Talk about being taken for a ride. The owner of a Long Island City-based livery cab fleet has been indicted - along with five others - on charges of profiting from a large-scale auto theft and dismantling ring allegedly responsible for stealing dozens of luxury automobiles over a 12-month period. Nine other individuals are accused […]
Nine members of an auto theft ring allegedly responsible for stealing more than 60 high-end luxury automobiles with a total value exceeding $2 million over the last year have been indicted in an undercover operation. Many of the alleged stolen vehicles were recovered in Michigan, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Mexico. The […]
The recent shutdown of a giant auto crime ring by police and Queens District Attorney Browns staffers further highlights the exponential 55% reduction in Queens car thefts during the past five years. The good news is also stirring up a hornets nest. Borough President Helen Marshall last week inquired why there was not a corresponding […]
Despite a mid-year surge of murders, highlighted by the massacre in the Wendys Restaurant, Queens murder rate continued to drop while it rose in the rest of the city. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said, "The Police Departments crime control strategies and our offices focus on career criminals and other violent predators continues to […]
The NYPD is continuing to take measures to combat Sandy-related thefts, as burglaries went up during the week of the storm. Though burglaries only increased about 11 percent compared to the same week last year, it was the only crime to go up between October 29, the day Sandy hit, and November 4. In the […]
Presidential ambitions of one more well known politician have come to an end. Thirty-nine years ago, for one politician it happened at Chappaquiddick Island; now - for another politician - at a Washington hotel. Victor MaltsevRego Park Another point of view At $4,300, who but Governor Eliot Spitzer and the very wealthy could afford to […]
This Is The Last Dance The finale of the summer series, “Dancing under the Stars” will be on Wednesday, August 15, at the Little Bay Park roller hockey rink. The program features free ballroom dance lessons for the first 45 minutes and free refreshments, in addition to music and dancing. This last dance, the last […]