New Announcement from Queens District Attorney (June 08, 2020):
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Today is the official date of Phase I re-opening of New York City, which allows construction, manufacturing, and wholesale supply chain businesses to reopen. In addition, many retailers are allowed to open for curbside pickup, in-store pickup, or drop off.
The last several months have been tough, but we are tougher. I urge all of you to respect your neighbors and wear a mask when venturing outside. This is not back to business as usual but rather a new normal to keep everyone safe.
And in the spirit of safety, I would like to announce a new important addition to my office: Major Economic Crimes Bureau.
The Major Economic Crimes Bureau
This newly established Bureau combines the former Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau with components of the former Economic Crimes Bureau. This new crime fighting team will investigate and prosecute a broad array of large-scale financial crimes that often fuel dangerous criminal enterprises in our communities. Examples of such crimes include: check-cashing and credit card fraud, fishing and identity theft schemes, auto theft, insurance fraud rings, gambling and loan sharking operations, as well as medical mills. For the full press release, click here.
And in case you missed it, the creation of this Bureau is preceded by the forming of several other initiatives in recent weeks:
– The Housing and Worker Protection Bureau will focus on investigating and prosecuting crimes related to homeownership, predatory lending, wage theft and workplace safety.
– The Cold Case Unit is the first unit in Queens dedicated entirely to solving old homicides.
– The Conviction Integrity Unit will aggressively re-investigate cases to ensure that no one has been wrongfully convicted in Queens County.
– The Human Trafficking Bureau is the first Bureau in a New York City prosecutor’s office that will exclusively combat both sex trafficking and labor trafficking in Queens County.