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BROOKLYN MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS AFTER KILLING AN INNOCENT MAN

By JUSTICE CAMBELL

Four gang members were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after being convicted of robbery and murder at trial earlier this year. Today a fifth gang member has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty.

“Today’s sentencing brings to justice the final defendant in this harrowing case in which an innocent young man was killed and his brother was injured. We have now held all five defendants who participated in the robbery accountable and ensured they will spend many years in prison for their actions,” says Acting District Attorney Gonzalez.

The defendant has been identified as Celestino Martinez, 25, of Prospect Park South, in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Laporte sentenced him to 20 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision following his guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter on August 16, 2017. Four co-defendants, Carmello Bello, 28, and Miguel Bello, 34, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Javier Ortiz, 35, and Martin Carillo, 36 of Sunset Park, Brooklyn were convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery earlier this year following a jury trial before Justice Laporte. Each of the defendants was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

On September 7, 2014, at approximately 1:50 a.m., on Myrtle Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant, the defendants approached and demanded money from the victims, Juan Carlos Luna-Juarez, 23, and his 27-year-old brother as they returned home from work. The defendants, repeatedly punched, kicked and stabbed the two victims, when they did not comply. According to the trial testimony the defendants stole a bike and backpack. Juan Juarez was stabbed approximately 10 times and died as the result of a puncture wound to the heart, said The Acting District Attorney.

Shortly after the attack all members of the Ninos Malos gang, were apprehended near the crime scene. Two of the defendants had blood on their clothing, which was later determined to belong to the victims, and officers found a knife in the pocket of one defendant, at the time of their arrest. Two additional knives were recovered from the crime scene. The evidence also showed that the defendant Miguel Bello subsequently admitted to being at the crime scene and stabbing someone.

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NYS PAROLEE CAUGHT AFTER FOOT CHASE

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Wilber Quintana is a NYS parolee of Bennett Avenue, Rochester NY who was arrested for trespassing on Gentile’s Farm Market located at 1080 Penfield Road on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies were in the area of 1092 Penfield Road conducting investigations involving a burglary, several vehicle larcenies and a stolen vehicle. On Wednesday, around 6:30 in the morning while deputies were on scene investigating these incidents, a neighbor informed the deputies that a male ran from the area when he saw the deputies arrive. After the deputies found the male in the area of 1060 Penfield Road and chased him on foot, the male was taken into custody.

Investigators believe the suspect identified as Wilber Quintana, is also responsible for a number of burglaries, stolen vehicles and car larcenies in Monroe County. The investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn comments, ”Once again we see the all-too familiar story of a lifelong criminal with an extensive record victimizing our community while under the supervision of New York State parole. We will continue to work with our local law enforcement partners to push for parole reform at the state level.”

Quintana is currently being held without bail on a parole violation in the Monroe County Jail.

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RIKERS ISLAND INMATES INDICTED FOR BRUTAL ASSAULTS

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Today 29 gang members have been indicted in attacks on fellow inmates and two New York City Department of Correction Officers in Rikers Island, announced Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark.

“Some of these defendants may have thought they were free and clear for crimes on Rikers Island because they had left there, but if you beat, slash or stab anyone while in jail we will arrest you, prosecute you and urge consecutive sentences if you’re convicted. No one will escape justice for violence committed against inmates or staff. These indictments show that you will pay for such brutality,”  states District Attorney Clark.

The defendants are charged with disfiguring an inmate with multiple cuts, beating a Correction Officer who was protecting a slashed inmate, and attacking a rookie Correction Officer with a chair, fists and feet. They’ve been charged with four separate incidents as well.

Acting Department of Correction Commissioner Brann said, “These arrests send a clear message: If you violently assault our hardworking staff or people in our custody, you will suffer certain consequences. Regardless of whether you have already been released, you will be prosecuted for any violent acts committed while in custody. We thank the Bronx D.A, the NYPD, the court, and our Correction Intelligence Bureau and Investigation Division for their work on these cases.”

The defendants — members of the Bloods, Trinitarians,  MS-13 and Folk Nation gangs — were brought before the court by the Bronx District Attorney’s Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau, the DOC Correction Intelligence Bureau and the NYPD Field Intelligence Investigation Unit, in a coordinated effort dubbed “Operation Zero Tolerance.” Nine of the defendants are currently incarcerated in state prison where they are serving sentences for various crimes, 13 defendants are currently in DOC custody, five defendants were arrested on felony warrants, one defendant is in federal custody and one defendant remains at large.

One of the indictments charges six men with second-degree Harassment, third-degree Assault, fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon first and second-degree Gang Assault, two counts of first-degree Assault, and three counts of second-degree Assault. The defendants attacked an inmate, causing multiple, deep lacerations to his face, arms and hands, requiring over 100 sutures according to the investigation, on Oct. 20, 2016.

On Jan. 24, 2017 the defendants slashed an inmate in a housing area. Another indictment charges eight defendants with two counts of second-degree Assault and two counts of Obstructing Governmental Administration.

In the third indictment, six defendants are charged with third-degree Menacing, second-degree Obstructing Governmental Administration, three counts of second-degree Assault and fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon. On Feb. 20, 2017 the defendants covered a camera with peanut butter, put sheets over their heads and beat a rookie Correction Officer, striking him with a chair, according to the investigation.

In the fourth indictment, nine defendants are charged with four counts of second-degree Assault, two counts of second-degree Harassment, two counts of third-degree Menacing, two counts of third-degree Assault, and second-degree Obstructing Governmental Administration.  On Nov. 17, 2016, the defendants proceeded to beat a Correction Officer when the officer got between the attackers and the victimized inmate. They also slashed an inmate.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Tiesha R. Peal and Gary Kropkowski of the Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau, under the supervision of Sheryl Konigsberg and Carmen Martinez, Supervisors of the Bureau, and Deanna Logan, Chief of the Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau; and the overall supervision of Stuart Levy, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division and Jean T. Walsh, Chief of the Investigations Division.

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COURT OFFICER COERCES WOMAN TO PERFORM SEXUAL ACT

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

A Brooklyn court officer has been indicted for official misconduct and other charges for allegedly coercing a woman to perform a sex act on him in a public stairwell while she was waiting in Criminal Court, states Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. The victim believed that her boyfriends case would be adversely impacted if she didn’t comply. She also believed that the defendant would help her boyfriends case if she did comply.

“What this defendant – a public servant – allegedly did was a disgrace to his fellow court officers who day in and day out serve the public with respect and work hard to keep our courthouses safe. He allegedly abused his authority to exploit a young woman who needed assistance in order to gratify himself. Such conduct will not be tolerated and we will now seek to hold him accountable for this despicable act,” said Acting District Attorney Gonzalez

 

The defendant has been identified as Sergeant Timothy Nolan, 58, of Lake Grove, NY, by The Acting District Attorney. Today he was charged with official misconduct, second-degree coercion, public lewdness and exposure of a person, before the Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. He was ordered to return to court on October 4, 2017 and released without bail. If convicted of the top count, the defendant faces up to a year in jail.

On October 21, 2016, the victim – who was 25-years-old at the time – was in Brooklyn Criminal Court at 120 Schermerhorn Street to bail out her boyfriend. According to the investigation, while she was sitting in the hallway, she was approached by the defendant, who was on duty and in uniform.

The investigation found that the defendant told her to take a walk with him and led her to a public stairwell. He allegedly told her “I got you” and “I will take care of you,” then exposed himself and asked for a sexual act. It is alleged that the victim took the statements to mean that the defendant would help with bailing out her boyfriend if she complied, but would adversely impact his case if she didn’t.

The defendant allegedly fondled the victim and grabbed her by the hair, and attempted to kiss her as she performed a sex act on him.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney William Neri of the District Attorney’s Blue Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Robert Walsh, Bureau Chief.

 

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POWERFUL UP-AND-COMING DIRECTOR, TRIFON DIMITROPOULOS, IS MAKING MAJOR MOVES AS A NEW JERSEY DIRECTOR

By R. J. NICHOLAS

Trifon Dimitropoulos has always been fascinated with film. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 2006 with a degree in Film & Philosophy. From there, Trifon was an assistant editor at As The World Turns, where he coincidentally met his mentor, Bob Mackler, who is a 3 time Emmy award winning editor. Dimitropoulos would begin to start writing his own scripts and in turn, start to direct his own short films. They would range from comedy web series to a few thrillers.

Not until 2013, is when Trifon started plotting his first feature, The Method, a psychological thriller, which was released in 2015. The film was screened privately in Tribeca & Red Bank, NJ & was selected to a few film festivals that gave Trifon momentum that would inspire him towards his next project, The Five In Merseyside, which will begin shooting in late August of 2017.

The Five In Merseyside is a tale of a post apocalyptic world, where a small town does whatever it takes to survive. World War III has just ended and immigrants from England come over state side to create their own “Merseyside” (An actual town in Liverpool). Five babies are born at the same time and grow up together, only to wake up with a virus on their 21st birthdays that in turn has them wreak havoc throughout the beloved makeshift town. Trifon will tell you it is a hybrid between Django Unchained & 28 Days Later. He describes the film as a Sci-Fi / Spaghetti Western.

Watching movies at an early age propelled Dimitropoulos for his passion of film. Growing up watching films directed by Tarantino, Scorsese, Fincher, Kubrick & The Coen Brothers has had such an impact on his vision. Pushing the envelope and provoking human thought are two main reasons why he’s become a filmmaker.

“I thrive on energy and emotion. The decisions I make with my projects are simply coming from the heart. Nothing more. I want the audience to have many emotions as they watch my work. Telling a story, character development, great acting, production value…..these are all essential. However these don’t come to life unless you create vibrations for your crew and talent. Its all about rhythm. And that stems from my heart and the passion I have for my vision….”

 

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FATHER & STEPSON RESCUE A WOMAN FROM ATTEMPTED RAPE IN WILLIAMSBURG

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Today, a 31-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to rape a woman who was walking on a sidewalk in Williamsburg said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Another man and his stepson were exiting their car at the same time the attempted rape was taking place. They saw the man on top of the woman and came to her rescue.

“I commend the men who thwarted this horrific attack and helped the police catch this violent defendant. He’s a dangerous person who has now been held accountable for his actions and removed from the streets of Brooklyn” said, Acting District Attorney Gonzalez.

 

The defendant was identified by the Acting District Attorney as Todd Deas, 31, of Porter Street, Brooklyn. Today he appeared before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dena Douglas and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 15 years’ post-release supervision. Todd Deas pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted rape on July 18, 2017.

On October 18, 2016, at approximately 12:25 a.m., in the vicinity of White and McKibben Street, according to investigation, the defendant followed a 27-year-old woman as she was walking along McKibben Street. He was trying to talk to her. The victim attempted to walk away from him while at the same time ignoring him but he grabbed her arm. The next thing the victim remembered was waking up in the ambulance.

Two men had just parked their car and when they heard a disturbance. One male was 28 years-old and the other was his 46-year-old stepfather. They saw the defendant repeatedly slamming the woman’s body onto the ground while on top of her. When the men approached, the defendant stood up, tightened his pants and walked away. The older man stayed with the woman, whose pantyhose and underwear had been ripped off of one leg.

The 28 year-old man called 911 while pursuing the defendant on foot. He then flagged down a passing patrol car and canvassed the area with police. With the assistance of these two men the defendant was apprehended on Harrison Place.

The woman had been strangled by the defendant, which left her in and our of consciousness. A bone fracture resulted in her inner neck and she was badly beaten about the face. Her one eye was swollen shut and the other badly bruised, she also suffered numerous cuts and scratches on her face and neck.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michelle Haddad and Senior Assistant District Attorney Lauren Silver, of the District Attorney’s Special Victims’ Bureau. While under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Bureau Chief.

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STEVE NEUHAUS HAS BRIGHTENED ORANGE COUNTY, SEEKS RE-ELECTION

By MITCHEL CLIMENT

When first elected in 2013, Steve Neuhaus became one of the youngest county executives in the country’s history. He is now in the throes of a campaign for a bid to be re-elected to this post in Orange County, New York.

The man has had an impressive career trajectory:

Neuhaus went from a childhood on a working farm to becoming a Monroe-Woodbury graduate, who simultaneously took courses at SUNY Orange during his high school years. He received a BA from Mount Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

With post-schooling experience in both the private and public sector – Neuhaus worker in the Newburgh City Manager’s Office and with the Village of Walden, in addition to a job as Vice President of Special Projects for Taylor Recycling in Montgomery – he gained considerable professional experience. Neuhaus began elected public service in 2004, as a councilman in Chester; he held that position until 2007. He then climbed the ranks to Chester Town Supervisor, where he ramped up his efforts in economic development, while holding the line on property taxes for the town’s residents. He remained in this office from 2008 until he assumed the Orange County Executive post in 2014.

After the September 11 attack, Neuhaus voluntarily joined the U.S. military. He enlisted in the Army Guard and later joined the United States Navy Reserves, where he currently serves as a lieutenant. In being assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, he often is taken to volatile locales, which denotes not only an impressive showing of loyalty to his nation but also inherently encompasses bravery.

Neuhaus was a guardian for the first Hudson Valley Honor Flight to bring World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the new memorial created in their honor. He is also a founding board member and former chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, which supports veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

It has been a difficult task for the Democrats to find an opponent suitable to run against this dynamic Republican county executive. If Neuhaus’s professional background isn’t daunting enough to scare off potential adversaries, his service as Orange County Executive surely makes it all that much worse. Since taking office, spending in his county is down – over $25 million down. The tax rate is lower. Unemployment has greatly decreased. Thousands of jobs have been created. And economic development is through the roof. Even union contracts that were expired when Neuhaus took office are now settled.

Democrat Michael Sussman, a well-known Orange County attorney and civil rights activist, considered running against Neuhaus, but decided against it. He admitted his hesitancy to oppose Neuhaus, saying, “How can I be the candidate for the Democratic Party in that context?”

With the deadline fast approaching and no viable candidate at hand, the Democrats finally nominated Pat Davis as their Orange County Executive candidate. While Neuhaus has done a lot to enrich Orange County, the 35-year-old Davis has been busy racking in millions for Price Waterhouse Cooper as a financial service advisor in their New York office.

There’s no telling what each man will bring to Orange County in the months and years to come, but one thing is certain: thus far, Neuhaus did what he set out to do and is preparing to do more. In addition to his spending cuts, job creation, unemployment reduction, etc – he has overseen the slashing of the county tax rate. This has all led to invigorating the private sector. The real estate market is growing and there are significant investments being made in Orange County. The future looks bright for this county’s residents. Keeping Neuhaus at the helm likely will keep it that way, but if the voters want a different, darker path, then, like with most elections, they have an option. It’s Davis versus Neuhaus this November in Orange County, New York.

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COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE NEUHAUS BRINGS BRIGHT FUTURE TO ORANGE COUNTY IF RE-ELECTED

By MITCHEL CLIMENT

When first elected in 2013, Steve Neuhaus became one of the youngest county executives in the country’s history. He is now in the throes of a campaign for a bid to be re-elected to this post in Orange County, New York.

The man has had an impressive career trajectory:

Neuhaus went from a childhood on a working farm to becoming a Monroe-Woodbury graduate, who simultaneously took courses at SUNY Orange during his high school years. He received a BA from Mount Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

With post-schooling experience in both the private and public sector – Neuhaus worker in the Newburgh City Manager’s Office and with the Village of Walden, in addition to a job as Vice President of Special Projects for Taylor Recycling in Montgomery – he gained considerable professional experience. Neuhaus began elected public service in 2004, as a councilman in Chester; he held that position until 2007. He then climbed the ranks to Chester Town Supervisor, where he ramped up his efforts in economic development, while holding the line on property taxes for the town’s residents. He remained in this office from 2008 until he assumed the Orange County Executive post in 2014.

After the September 11 attack, Neuhaus voluntarily joined the U.S. military. He enlisted in the Army Guard and later joined the United States Navy Reserves, where he currently serves as a lieutenant. In being assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, he often is taken to volatile locales, which denotes not only an impressive showing of loyalty to his nation but also inherently encompasses bravery.

Neuhaus was a guardian for the first Hudson Valley Honor Flight to bring World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the new memorial created in their honor. He is also a founding board member and former chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, which supports veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

It has been a difficult task for the Democrats to find an opponent suitable to run against this dynamic Republican county executive. If Neuhaus’s professional background isn’t daunting enough to scare off potential adversaries, his service as Orange County Executive surely makes it all that much worse. Since taking office, spending in his county is down – over $25 million down. The tax rate is lower. Unemployment has greatly decreased. Thousands of jobs have been created. And economic development is through the roof. Even union contracts that were expired when Neuhaus took office are now settled.

Democrat Michael Sussman, a well-known Orange County attorney and civil rights activist, considered running against Neuhaus, but decided against it. He admitted his hesitancy to oppose Neuhaus, saying, “How can I be the candidate for the Democratic Party in that context?”

With the deadline fast approaching and no viable candidate at hand, the Democrats finally nominated Pat Davis as their Orange County Executive candidate. While Neuhaus has done a lot to enrich Orange County, the 35-year-old Davis has been busy racking in millions for Price Waterhouse Cooper as a financial service advisor in their New York office.

There’s no telling what each man will bring to Orange County in the months and years to come, but one thing is certain: thus far, Neuhaus did what he set out to do and is preparing to do more. In addition to his spending cuts, job creation, unemployment reduction, etc – he has overseen the slashing of the county tax rate. This has all led to invigorating the private sector. The real estate market is growing and there are significant investments being made in Orange County. The future looks bright for this county’s residents. Keeping Neuhaus at the helm likely will keep it that way, but if the voters want a different, darker path, then, like with most elections, they have an option. It’s Davis versus Neuhaus this November in Orange County, New York.

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SEX TRAFFICING OF PHILADELPHIA TEEN

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Two East New York men have been variously charged in a 39-count indictment with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, rape, and other charges for allegedly sex trafficking an 18-year-old girl and promoting the prostitution of eight others, ranging in age from 15 to 21 years old.

“These defendants allegedly preyed on vulnerable young women, luring them to New York City to work as prostitutes – and in several cases drugging and using physical violence against those who refused. I intend to hold them fully accountable for these despicable acts,” said Acting District Attorney Gonzalez.

The defendants have been identified, by the Distract Attorney, as Jonathan Harris, a.k.a., Jayo, 25, of East New York, Brooklyn, and Tariq Washington, a.k.a., Ricky, 23, also of East New York. Yesterday Washington was held on $250,000 bail and arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Laporte. Harris was held on $250,000 bail and arraigned on Friday, July 21, 2017 before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Michael Brennan. They would have to register as sex offenders and each face up to 25 years in prison, if convicted of the top count. The indictment variously charges them with endangering the welfare of a child and related charges, sex trafficking, second-, third- and fourth-degree promoting prostitution, first-degree rape, and second-degree assault.

According to the investigation, between March 2015 and December 2016, the defendants prostituted nine young women, most of whom were ages 15 and 16, in Brooklyn, after luring most of them to the city from out of state, including Philadelphia, Baltimore and Cleveland, states The Acting District Attorney. It is alleged that the defendants found the women on Backpage.com and they then texted them and invited them to come to New York to be prostituted, sending them bus tickets and then posting their photos on Backpage.com.

It is alleged that the defendants drove the women to various motels in Brooklyn and elsewhere that they rented for them and where men paid to have sex with them.

Furthermore, according to the investigation, it is alleged that the defendants physically assaulted the women and gave the girls drugs if they refused to work as prostitutes.

After the 17-year-old-friend was allegedly contacted by Washinton she brought with her an 18-year-old sex trafficking victim and both were lured to Brooklyn. The younger girl left after a few days and returned to Philadelphia. The 18-year-old, escaped and went to the police for help two months later, after being allegedly beaten and raped by Harris.

Detective David Mills and Detective James Rufle of the Human Trafficking Team in the New York City Police Department investigated the case, under the supervision of Sergeant Faoud Zahirudin, Lieutenant Christopher Sharpe and Captain Thomas Milano, and the overall supervision of Inspector James Klein.

KCDA Digital Forensic Analyst Thomas Woodburn assisted in the investigation.

The Acting District Attorney thanked Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore field offices for their assistance in the investigation.

Senior Assistant District Attorney David Weiss, of the District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Unit, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Laura Edidin, Unit Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau will be prosecuting the case.

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STOLEN ARTWORK FROM PROMINENT NEW YORK COLLECTION IS ILLEGALLY SOLD BY QUEENS MAN

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

On July 20th, 2017 Queens, New York resident, LEON ZINDER, pled guilty in a Manhattan federal court to the interstate sale of stolen property in connection with his theft and attempted sale of more then a dozen works of art, announced Joon H. Kim, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”),

“As he admitted today, LEON ZINDER stole works of art worth more than $600,000 from his former employer, which he then sought to sell through a flea market in Manhattan.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the FBI, nearly all of these works have been recovered, and will be returned to their rightful owner,” said, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.

“Today’s plea marks the end of LEON ZINDER’s tall tales of discovering treasured art pieces that were really in fact stolen from his employer with the goal of reselling to profit himself. We applaud the art dealer who brought this case to our attention after realizing ZINDER’s stories behind the art were really too good to be true,” states FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr.

LEON ZINDER was employed as an art handler from approximately July 2010 through April 2012, by a New York-based company that manages an extensive art collection consisting of thousands of individual artworks. The artwork included an extensive collection of Native-American and African ethnographic artwork (the “Company”). ZINDER stole more than 70 works of art from facilities maintained by the Company during his time working there.

ZINDER sold the stolen artwork through a consignment relationship with an art dealer who conducted his business through an outdoor flea market in lower Manhattan (the “Dealer”) beginning in approximately September of 2015 through October 2016. ZINDER falsely claimed he had obtained the works from the elderly widow of a sheriff in Phoenix, Arizona, and from a storage-unit close-out sale, as part of his efforts to sell the stolen artwork.

More than a dozen of these works that ZINDER attempted to sell were worth more than $600,000, through the Dealer. This included at least three items that ZINDER had stolen from the Company’s Greenwich, Connecticut, facility and transported to Manhattan: a Fang Reliquary Guardian Head statue valued at approximately $85,000; a Native-American Mask valued at approximately $75,000; and a Pende mask valued at approximately $5,000.

It’s a good thing that the Dealer was aware that several of the artworks he had helped ZINDER to sell had been reported stolen by the Company.  At that point, the Dealer contacted the FBI and began assisting in the subsequent investigation, including turning over the majority of the stolen works to the FBI.

At the age of 48, LEON ZINDER faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the defendant’s gross gain or twice the victim’s gross loss resulting from the defendant’s conduct, whichever is greater. ZINDER will to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood on a date to be determined. Mr. Kim thanked the FBI’s Art Crime Team for its outstanding work on this matter.

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